STOCK PIX police tape


Robbery/menacing — 3 a.m. Feb. 6, 2335 NW Kings Blvd. An officer responded to the WinCo supermarket for a reported robbery. Employees said a man had walked out of the store with two cases of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and a case of Budweiser beer without paying, then used a box cutter to threaten an employee who tried to stop him. Steven R. Merserau, 25, was arrested on charges of second-degree robbery, third-degree theft, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Crosswalk rage — 8 p.m. Friday, NW Fourth Street and Monroe Avenue. A motorist reported an incident involving a pedestrian in dark clothing crossing against the light. According to an incident report, the motorist didn’t see the man in the crosswalk at first, but stopped before hitting him; the man then punched the car’s rear window, causing it to shatter. The suspect was not located.

Auto theft — 6:49 a.m. Monday, 2641 NW Ninth St. An officer was called to do a welfare check on a woman at 7-Eleven. The woman said she was from California and would contact her family to arrange transportation home. A short time later, a caller reported the woman had stolen a blue Scion belonging to a 7-Eleven customer and fled the area. A Benton County sheriff’s deputy located the car at NW Second Street and Monroe Avenue and pulled it over. Megan Rachelle Pauley, 24, was arrested on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle. A day earlier, Pauley had been contacted by another deputy who found her walking south on Highway 99W just south of Corvallis. She told him she was from California and declined a ride into town, saying she wanted to walk home. Pauley had previously been listed as a missing person by the Oroville Police Department.

Aggravated identity theft — About 2:45 p.m. Monday a woman came into the Law Enforcement Center to report a case of identity theft. She said someone had used her name, birth date and Social Security number to create a PayPal account and purchase approximately $20,000 worth of merchandise. No suspect information was available.


Illegal export — Feb. 4, 201 SW Airport Ave., Corvallis. The FedEx distribution center reported that someone had attempted to send a parcel containing 45 grams of marijuana to Tennessee. The pot was hidden inside two bags of chocolate candies, with dryer sheets tucked into the box to disguise the smell. The sender, a 62-year-old Albany man, was cited for unlawful export of marijuana items, a Class B violation.


Stolen repeater — About 10:53 a.m. Monday, a 15-year-old Motorola repeater was taken from a private tower location. It has a current value of $3,000 (original value: $20,000).

Fraud — 5:20 p.m. Monday, 30000 Diamond Hill Drive, Harrisburg. A caller reported that someone opened a Verizon account in the caller’s name and charged more than $1,200. At 8:07 p.m., another fraudulent account was reported by someone in the 39000 block of Santiam Bluffs. The second person was billed for $198.

Stuck vehicle — 5:31 p.m. Monday, 49000 Quartzville Road. Deputies responded to a stuck vehicle. Its operator was assisted and given a ride to Sweet Home.

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