Benton County sheriff deputies are asking the public for help in identifying a burglar.
At 5:49 a.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to investigate a residential burglary about a mile west of Philomath, in the 33700 block of Mary’s River Estates Road.
The victim said he saw a vehicle back up to his residence, which is being remodeled, according to the sheriff’s office. He went down to investigate, and the vehicle sped off. It last was seen turning onto Woods Creek Road from Highway 20. The thief or thieves stole tools and a firearm.
Many of the tools and the firearm were discovered in a wooded area in Benton County later that afternoon.
The vehicle was described as either a newer model lifted pickup, dark colored, with a matching canopy, or a dark-colored SUV. The vehicle also had dark-tinted windows, oversized tires and a loud exhaust.
The last three numbers on the license plate are possibly “143.”
Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson is asking anyone with information regarding this to contact Detective Josh Gordon at 541-766-6858.