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Canby Man Arrested Hiding in Muddy Field near Ontario After Stealing Commercial Truck & Trailer
Lieutenant Richard Pileggi
Oregon State Police - Ontario
(541) 889-6469

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A Canby-area man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Ontario police officers early Friday morning as he tried to hide in the dark in a muddy field after fleeing on foot from a stolen commercial truck and semi-trailer. Ontario police thermal imagery equipment helped locate the suspect.
On September 17, 2010 at approximately 12:16 a.m. OSP Trooper Dave Armstrong was on a traffic stop eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 370 when he saw a commercial truck and trailer that matched the description of one broadcasted earlier as stolen out of Pendleton. The vehicles exited at milepost 371 and by the time Armstrong caught up he found it parked in a driveway at Select Onion along Stanton Boulevard near Community Road about three miles northwest of Ontario.
Another trooper and two Ontario police officers assisted with checking the 2008 Peterbuilt truck and lowboy trailer. They found the truck unoccupied and searched the area using thermal imagery equipment. The suspect was spotted about 100 yards away in a mud field trying to hide.
The muddy suspect, DALE D. SCHOENE, age 40, from Canby, was arrested without further incident and lodged in the Malheur County Jail on the following charges:
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
  • Unauthorized Entry into a Vehicle
  • Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended
  • Probation Violation
The stolen truck was valued at $150,000 and the stolen trailer valued at $85,000.