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Update: Final Three ODOT Wire Theft Suspects Confirmed No Longer Wanted
05/12/2008
Charles Mickley, Deputy District Attorney
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
Office: (503) 988-5835

Oregon State Police has confirmed the final three suspects wanted in connection with a joint investigation into wire theft incidents along area interstates and highways have been taken into custody and are no longer wanted.  The arrests stemmed from a joint investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP), Portland Police Bureau (PPB), Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

A nearly two-month investigation followed reports from ODOT of numerous wire thefts along Interstate 84, Interstate 205, and Interstate 5 as well as bordering bike paths. Wires had been severed, pulled out of conduits and removed, and presumably sold for quick cash. The thefts reportedly cost ODOT at least $500,000 to replace stolen wires and damaged electrical systems.
On May 10, 2008, NICHOLAS PRAZEAU, age 27, from Fairview, was arrested by Gresham Police Department and lodged in Multnomah County Justice Center.  Two previously listed suspects identified as MEREDITH MANDY MEACHAM, age 28, and CHRISTOPHER MILLER, age 30, both from Portland, turned themselves in and have already been arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Two other suspects, HANNAH ELIZABETH HOLMES, age 23, and ROBERT CHRISTOPHER BARNETT, age 35, were arrested in late February 2008.

Questions regarding future court appearances should be directed to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
 
Previous news release available on this website dated April 11, 2008.