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NOTE: The following story originally appeared in the Tuesday, March 30, 1948, edition of the Albany Democrat-Herald.

Three local burglaries and several at and near Portland have been solved by four arrests made last week and yesterday by the sheriff's office and city police, Sheriff Mike Southard reported today.

Three of the four men under arrest were arraigned in justice court today and were lodged in the county jail for lack of $2,600 [roughly $27,500 in 2018] bond each and the fourth was detained by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Work upon solution of these crimes was started by Deputy Sheriff George Miller and himself early last week, Sheriff Southard said, and on several cases the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office was called into play.

In confinement here are Jon Everson, 20, Donald Johnson, 25, and James R. Towery, 20. The fourth member of the quartet, Donald Derry, 18, is in custody at Portland, inasmuch as he was not connected with any of the local robberies.

The three held here, according to the sheriff, have confessed that they burglarized the Albany Bowling Lanes quarters in the June Frager building, First and Lyon streets, on Oct. 12, 1947, taking the safe in Johnson's car to Portland and thence to Beaverton, where they broke it open and extracted about $300 in cash, which they divided among themselves.

Other papers and checks found in the safe were brought back to Albany and dumped under the north approach to the Albany bridge, where they were later found, said the sheriff.

$100 taken at market

On June 28, 1947, Everson, Johnson and Towery broke into Dickson's Market, 99E and Geary streets, taking about $100 in cash [roughly $1,120 in 2018], the confessions state, and then on July 17, repeated a burglary attempt at the same store but secured this time only about $15 in cash.

At the time they burglarized the bowling alley the trio also looted the civic recreation center of about $16 in cash, the sheriff said.

The three admitted furthermore, said the sheriff, that Johnson, Everson and Derry, between local burglaries, robbed the GI store at Vanport of some coats, blankets and other merchandise and looted a beer tavern at Camas, Wash. At about the same time, they added, Everson and Johnson robbed two taverns in Portland and burglarized an antique shop of some silverware which they pawned for $22. This has been recovered.

Employed in Albany

Everson and Derry were arrested here last week by Deputy Miller and city police; Portland deputies arrested Johnson Saturday and City Officer Frank Finch picked Towery up here yesterday. All four had worked off and on in Albany during the last year, according to the sheriff.

Johnson and Towery were bound over by Justice of the Peace Harlow Weinrick today to the Linn County circuit court grand jury. Everson's case was continued.

NOTE: Tragically, the city of Vanport was destroyed in a Memorial Day flood less than two months after this story was published.