Byline: The Register-Guard
Police raise bar for
probing financial crimes
Limited resources and a growing caseload case·load
The number of cases handled in a given period, as by an attorney or by a clinic or social services agency.
Noun have prompted the Eugene Police Department to investigate only financial crimes cases with losses of at least $1,250.
Before the change was made Friday, cases with losses of $1,000 or more were assigned to detectives for investigation, financial crimes Sgt. Terry Fitzpatrick said.
Thanks in part to drug-related identity theft, the number of cases flowing into the investigations unit has increased and loss amounts have skyrocketed, Fitzpatrick said. The department doesn't have the people to investigate smaller crimes, he said.
Detectives already do not investigate cases with losses below $750 because those cases are misdemeanor crimes and currently are not being prosecuted by the Lane County district attorney. Felony felony (fĕl`ənē), any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law. cases below the new minimum that have a high probability of being solved could be assigned to patrol officers for investigation as time allows, Fitzpatrick said.
The sergeant urged residents to protect their personal information. Identity thieves commonly steal people's mail from unlocked mailboxes and break into cars in search of personal information.
Man throws cigarette, starts gas station fire
Eugene police were looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. a man who allegedly threw a lighted cigarette near the open fuel cap of a car at a gas station, igniting fumes fumes
odorous gases and other volatile materials; inhalation of irritating fumes causes coughing and, if sufficiently severe, irreversible pulmonary edema. and sending flames shooting into the air.
The incident happened just after 1 p.m. at the Chevron station on West Seventh Avenue, near Lincoln Avenue, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Kerry Delf of the Eugene Police Department. For unknown reasons, the man was reportedly angry and agitated ag·i·tate
v. ag·i·tat·ed, ag·i·tat·ing, ag·i·tates
1. To cause to move with violence or sudden force.
2. while inside the gas station's store. Police say that when he left he intentionally threw his cigarette toward the car's open gas cap.
The ignited ig·nite
v. ig·nit·ed, ig·nit·ing, ig·nites
a. To cause to burn.
b. To set fire to.
2. To subject to great heat, especially to make luminous by heat. fumes shot flames up 5 to 6 feet, near the station's fuel pumps Fuel pump
A mechanical or electrical pump for drawing fuel from a storage tank and forcing it to an engine or furnace. The type of pump chosen for a given fuel depends to a great extent on the volatility of the liquid to be pumped. . An employee hit the pumps' emergency shut-off switch. Delf said the man had no connection to the car's owner.
By the time police arrived, the fire was out and the man had fled to the south.
The man is described as white, about 35 years old, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds with short blond hair that is balding on top. He has several tatoos, including a dragon on one arm. He had facial stubble and was wearing blue pants and a green shirt with white stripes. However, the man's shirt caught fire during the incident and he may have discarded dis·card
v. dis·card·ed, dis·card·ing, dis·cards
1. To throw away; reject.
a. To throw out (a playing card) from one's hand.
Anyone with information about the incident should call officer Robert Rios at 682-5154, Ext. 1168, or dial 911 if they know the man's whereabouts.
Search for missing men leads to body in house
ALSEA - An investigation into the disappearance of two Albany men has led law enforcement officials to a residence near this Coast Range town, where police found a body but have yet to confirm its identity.
Detectives do not yet know the cause of death, the Benton County Benton County is the name of nine counties in the United States:
Police arrested Mitchel Miller, 19, Monday night on a charge of first-degree burglary at the house where police found the body.
A missing persons investigation led to the Alsea residence, where Miller allegedly was staying without the owner's permission.
The Albany Police Department, Benton County sheriff's office, Corvallis Police Department and Oregon State Police continue to search for 31-year-old Jesse Reesman and 22-year-old Shane Buckley, who were reported missing over the weekend. Detectives found Reesman's vehicle early Saturday morning north of Albany.