Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  12/07/2006 - 16:40
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Commercial Burglary and Theft of Copper Wire  
Date/Time of Incident:  12/06/2006 - 15:20
Incident Location:  169 Elkhead Road, Yoncalla, Oregon (old mill site)  
Case Number:  06-6192  
Arrested:  TICE, Dale William / 45 yoa male / Oregon City, OR
Arrested:  CORNWELL, Darren George / 32 yoa male / Fairview, OR
Arrested:  CORNWELL, Sonya Colleen / 28 yoa female / Fairview, OR
Arrested:  DEARDORF, Teah Naomi / 21 yoa female / Oregon City, OR

All subjects were charged with: Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I, Theft I, Attempted Aggravated Theft.

On Wednesday 12-6-06 at about 1520 hours, deputies were dispatched to an old mill site in Yoncalla near the Yoncalla High School, when one of the mill owners arrived at the mill and discovered that 5 individuals were in the process of burglarizing the location.

The mill owner chased the suspects as they fled the scene.

A female, DEARDORF, (who is 7 months pregnant) fled into some blackberry bushes and was taken into custody by the arriving deputy.

Other responding deputies flooded the area in an attempt to locate the other suspects.

As one deputy was patrolling the area around the Yoncalla High School he was flagged down by a citizen who had just seen one male running through her field and then running down Rice Valley Road.

The deputy checked with a homeowner of a nearby residence to see if she had seen this male and she stated that she had just let a man into her residence to use the restroom. She did not know this man.

The deputy entered the home and contacted the male in the bathroom and took him into custody. This subject was identified at Darren Cornwell. Several hours later Sonya Cornwell was taken into custody as she was playing video games at the Why Not Tavern in Yoncalla.

Then about an hour later, Dale Tice was also taken into custody after he entered the same tavern.

The arrested subjects apparently entered this old mill site and cut the copper wire out of the breaker boxes throughout the mill. This was an extensive undertaking which may have lasted for several days. The value of the damage done, and that of the items taken may be in the Tens of Thousands of Dollars and is still being figured.

This type of crime is becoming very popular as there is a ready market from those businesses that purchase copper for salvage.

This is the second time within the last month that a group of burglars from the Portland area were caught in the Yoncalla area committing crimes.

Tice was also being held on a Parole Violation out of Portland.

Deardorf also had an outstanding warrant out of Oregon City for Failure to Appear for a drug charge.

This investigation is still under investigation with the cooperation of several other agencies and more charges may be added at a later date. Additional arrests may also be forthcoming.

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