DUNSMUIR, Calif. — Deputies with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) arrested a suspect on Thursday in connection with the Christmas burglary of an antique store, according to a statement from the agency.
Around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, deputies served a search warrant at a house in the 5100-block of Florence Loop in Dunsmuir. It was culmination of an investigation into the burglary and "major theft" of items from Harley's Antique Store in Dunsmuir on Christmas night.
The "key suspect" in the case, according to SCSO, was 43-year-old Benjamin Osborn of Dunsmuir. During the search of the Florence Loop house, SCSO said, Osborn was located and tried to flee the area on foot — but was stopped by a deputy and his canine.
"Valuable property was stolen in the Dunsmuir commercial burglary, including a number of watches and two Pelican cases. The search warrant served at Mr. Osborn’s current residence resulted in the recovery of eight stolen watches and the two Pelican cases," SCSO said.
Osborn was arrested on felony burglary, theft and possession of stolen property charges. SCSO said that Osborn also had outstanding felony arrest warrants from Siskiyou and Shasta countues, plus a felony warrant in Oregon. He was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail.
"Mr. Osborn may have tried to ruin Christmas for the owners of the antique store but it is reassuring that most of the stolen property was recovered and will soon be returned to the owner," said Sheriff Jon Lopey.