Naked prowler charged in salon break-in

2013-02-07T08:30:00Z Naked prowler charged in salon break-inBy CANDA FUQUA, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 07, 2013 8:30 am  • 

When Corvallis police responded to a burglar alarm at a hair salon early Tuesday morning, they found a broken window, substantial damage to the inside of the business and something else.

“Officers located the suspect hiding in the closet,” said Lt. Ben Harvey of the Corvallis Police Department. “She was unclothed, and it was apparent she was high on an amphetamine.”

Jelena Monique Taylor, 44, of Corvallis was arrested on one count of felony burglary and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief. She pleaded not guilty in Benton County Circuit Court on Wednesday and remained in jail on $20,000 bail.

When Officer Brent Gilder responded to The Rage, 227 S.W. Sixth St., at 5:36 a.m. on Tuesday, he discovered wet footprints in the covered entryway leading to a broken windowpane on the front door, according to his affidavit, which was filed in court.

As he stood outside the door, he could hear someone inside yelling and breaking things, according to the document.

Police officers and a canine unit from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office searched the premises and eventually located the woman in a closet in the back room, Harvey said.

Police arrested Taylor, transported her to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for a medical evaluation and then booked her.

Police did not disclose details of the damage inside the salon, but the affidavit said it was “substantial” and that the alarm panel had been ripped off the wall and placed under a blanket.

A note attached to the front door of the salon on Wednesday indicated that the business was closed due to a break-in.

Reporter Canda Fuqua can be reached at 541-758-9548 or

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    ivyds - February 09, 2013 9:21 am
    Somewhere inside Jelena Taylor is still the person likes to laugh, dress up and enjoy life. I pray that person finds her way back to this world. The person she used to be was worth knowing.
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