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Police arrest teenager

in string of car thefts

SPRINGFIELD - Police arrested a 17-year-old boy Wednesday on charges that he stole more than 20 cars from the Eugene-Springfield area.

The teen admitted stealing the cars from places such as Springfield High School and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, where police recently have received numerous reports of stolen cars, Springfield police Detective Don Myers Jr. said.

Several of the cars are still missing and property stolen from the cars hasn't been recovered, Meyers said.

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Missing inmate found at parents' Oakridge home

OAKRIDGE - A man who failed to return to an Eastern Oregon correctional facility after being released on a day pass was found hiding out Wednesday at his parents' Oakridge home, police said.

Michael Shane Smith, 36, was released for one day Tuesday from the Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City and failed to return as expected, Oakridge officer Zechariah Ames said.

Lane County parole and probation officers learned that Smith's parents live in Oakridge, and police officers visited their Garden Street home about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday. They found Smith inside and arrested him on an escape warrant. He was being held at the Lane County Jail.

Smith was serving a sentence for a conviction of car theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession.
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Title Annotation:Crime; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 22, 2004
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