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Sheriff: One suspect caught, another sought in Klamath Falls meat heist

Burglars broke into Howard's Meat Center and stole more than $4,500 worth of stored meat.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 2:07 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2019 2:09 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Deputies have one suspect in custody and are looking for one more following a burglary at Howard's Meat Center in Klamath Falls on Tuesday night, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

The burglars broke in around 11 p.m. and stole more than $4,500 worth of different meat products stored there.

"One of the owners was working in another area of the facility at the time and later discovered the forced entry," the Sheriff's Office said. "The suspects attempted to obscure some surveillance cameras while they loaded several hundred pounds of deer, elk, and antelope meat."

Deputies were later able to use the security footage from Howard's and surrounding businesses to identify the suspect vehicle. They arrested Jon Loren Wilkinson [left in thumbnail above] on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff's Office, much of the stolen meat belonged to private customers who had stored their game at Howard's. All of those customers have since been contacted.

"In addition to Howard’s Meat Center, there are numerous other victims whose meat products were part of the theft," KCSO said. "These victims traveled out of state at great personal expense to hunt the game that was stolen. The loss to these victims will run many thousands of dollars."

Some of the meat was recovered during Wilkinson's arrest — but lacking proper storage, it had already spoiled. KCSO said that Wilkinson admitted to trading some of the stolen meat for meth and marijuana.

Deputies are still looking for Bryce Allen Stewart [right in thumbnail above]. Anyone with information on Stewart’s whereabouts should contact Sgt. Ryan Kaber at 541-883-5130.

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