Suspect Arrested For Theft of Screener Equipment

The large, expensive piece of equipment was recovered in November at a logging yard.

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 12:34 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2018 12:53 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's office announced today that they have arrested a suspect in the theft of a large CEC screener, which originally disappeared on November 20, 2017.

33 year-old Steven Dawson is being held at the Jackson County jail on one count of first degree aggravated theft. Deputies believe that Dawson had at least one accomplice, who they have yet to identify.

Law enforcement located the stolen screener on the property of a logging company in Josephine County back on November 28, little more than a week after the theft. However, it has taken months of investigation to track down a suspect.

The piece of machinery was stolen from Schnitzer Steel in White City in the early hours of the morning of November 20. Cameras caught a white dump truck hauling the screener away. The CEC screener is 45' long by 10' wide, and valued at $250,000.

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