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5 Charged After Car Taken, Burned

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County deputies arrested five people on unauthorized use of a vehicle and arson charges on April 18 after investigating a report of a car fire.

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County deputies arrested five people on unauthorized use of a vehicle and arson charges on April 18 after investigating a report of a car fire.

At about 2:45 p.m., the sheriff's office received a report of a Honda Civic that had been set on fire near Ballston in northern Polk County, according to a press release.

A witness reported the suspects fled in a small white SUV. The burned out Civic was confirmed stolen out of Salem and Polk County and Yamhill County sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police troopers began a search for the suspects.

Polk County deputies located the SUV at about 3 p.m. as it entered Salem and stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Center and Capitol streets. Salem police officers assisted with the stop.

The five occupants were arrested on the following charges:

Chrystal Wright, 23 -- unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, arson in the second degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, reckless burning, and tampering with evidence. Wright, who was on probation for assault in the third degree, remains at Polk County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Robert Delos-Reyes, 31 -- unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, arson in the second degree, reckless burning, criminal mischief in the first degree and tampering with evidence. He remains at Polk County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Andrew Delos-Reyes, 25 -- conspiracy to commit unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit arson in the second degree, criminal mischief in the first degree and tampering with evidence. He remains at Polk County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Tamara H. Allen, 33 -- conspiracy to commit unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit arson in the second degree, conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the first degree and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. She remains at Polk County Jail on $35,000 bail.

Michael J. Esposito, 34 -- conspiracy to commit unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit arson in the second degree, conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the first degree, conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence, and a parole violation. He is being held at Polk County Jail on no bail.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Deputy Bob Evarts at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 503-623-9251.

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