The Benton County Sheriff’s Office recovered a stolen “tiny house” from a residence in Monroe, the law-enforcement agency announced.
Deputies had been investigating an unrelated incident in the 25000 block of Foxview Lane in Monroe Tuesday that led to the arrest of Bo Dale Monroe, 21, on five criminal charges, including theft. During the arrest, deputies noticed a tiny house similar to one that had been recently stolen from the area of Junction City.
The Junction City Police Department told BCSO that a 1979 Corsair Trailer Coach travel trailer that had been converted into a two-story tiny house had been stolen in January. Junction City police sent photos and deputies found it to be a match, BCSO said.
On Thursday morning, deputies returned to the Foxview Lane property with a search warrant. The tiny house was seized and Monroe was again arrested. Charges filed on him included two failure to appear warrants, first-degree aggravated theft, violation of a restraining order, unlawful use of a vehicle and first-degree theft (receive/buy/sell).
Monroe was lodged at the Benton County Jail in Corvallis.
BCSO also reported that two firearms were seized from Monroe during the search warrant. Under the law, those with an active restraining order cannot be in possession of a firearm.
Additionally, Hull-Oakes Lumber Co., reported that it was in possession of surveillance video that allegedly showed Monroe siphoning $1,432 in diesel fuel from its mill equipment over three separate occasions, BCSO said.
For anyone with additional information regarding Monroe, call the BCSO tipline at 541-753-8477.