Oregon forestry officials are warning that looters are targeting homes evacuated over the west coast wildfires and at least two men have already been arrested after clearing homes in Oregon’s Beachie Creek region, one of the areas suffering from major wildfire damage.
Oregon Live reports that deputies arrested Anthony Travis Bodda, 21, and Alexander Justin Jones, 36, late last week, who looted homes in Marion County, Oregon, and then led deputies on a high-speed chase.
“Deputies spotted the [pair’s] van near Gates and began pursuing the vehicle west on Oregon 22, with an assist from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police. The van took the exit into the Stayton/Sublimity area and drove through a golf course in a failed attempt to evade their pursuers,” according to Oregon Live. “Authorities used spike strips to disable the van and two suspects, later identified as 21-year-old Anthony Travis Bodda and 36-year-old Alexander Justin Jones, got out and fled