PPD breaks up an alleged burglary ring

By on Thursday, May 16th, 2024 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney Jameson Hayes says three men have been charged by a grand jury for running a complex burglary and theft ring in the city of Pendleton over the last few months. The three are now facing multiple felony charges and being held in Umatilla County Jail.

Hayes credited Property Crimes Detective Chase Addleman with investigating the ring that he says were able to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal property from residents. Two of the chief suspects were arrested in April. The third was taken into custody in February.

Adam Kyle Mentzer, 42, and Christopher Scott Paul, 33, were indicted by the grand jury on multiple counts of first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary, first-degree aggravated theft, theft of firearms, and felony criminal mischief among other charges. Thomas Elton Davis, 43, is also indicted for multiple accounts of attempted first-degree burglary.

Paul was the first to be arrested. He was taken into custody at the Umatilla County Justice Center in Pendleton on Feb. 21. Mentzer and Davis were arrested on April 8 at 615 SE Fourth St., Pendleton. The grand jury issued the indictments last week.