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An assortment of finished and unfinished longboards recovered during the investigation of a break-in at Longboard Larry in Independence are displayed.
August 21, 2012
INDEPENDENCE -- Seven people were arrested last week and several pieces of stolen merchandise recovered from a July break-in at the Longboard Larry production facility in Independence.
Independence Police Sgt. Rick Igou said the investigation also led to additional arrests on drug-related charges.
The break-in occurred the last weekend of July, with an estimate of more than $1,000 worth of longboard equipment taken.
Seven people, three adults and four juveniles, have been charged in connection with the burglary or knowingly receiving stolen items.
Those charged are:
* Robert L. Nelson, 22, a transient on first-degree theft and second-degree burglary.
* Heyden Boone, 18, of Salem on second-degree theft, second-degree burglary, possession of burglars' tools and unlawful possession of marijuana.
* Tate Filippo, 19, of Independence on second-degree theft by receiving.
* A 17-year-old boy from Independence on first-degree theft and first-degree burglary.
* A 16-year-old boy from Independence on third-degree theft by receiving.
* A 15-year-old boy from Independence on second-degree and third-degree theft by receiving.
* A 12-year-old girl from Independence on third-degree theft by receiving.
Igou said investigators received a tip from Longboard Larry employees that a customer brought in a board for repair that they believed contained some of the stolen merchandise.
"They only knew (the customer's) first name, so we worked it backward from there," Igou said, adding the customer who brought in the board wasn't connected to the crime. "He was not charged and didn't appear to know they (the components) were stolen."
Igou added that was just one of many tips police received regarding the break-in.
Igou said it appeared the suspects weren't trying to sell the items, but had them for personal use. Investigators were still compiling a list of recovered merchandise last week, which Igou said appeared to be worth well in excess of $1,000.
"They are still working on that today with Larry (Petersen, the owner of the shop)," Igou said Thursday. "There's still actually quite a bit of follow-up we are working on."
During the investigation, police conducted searches in two locations, where they discovered more potentially stolen items and drug paraphernalia, including 26 skateboards, 35 marijuana pipes and four bongs.
Independence resident Sarah Wyckoff, 35, was also charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor after the drug paraphernalia was discovered at one of the locations.
Those with information on the theft are encouraged to contact the Independence Police Department at 503-838-1214.