The City of Roseburg and surrounding counties have recently been experiencing a rash of motor vehicle thefts, predominately Honda cars.
The Roseburg Police want to encourage people to take measures to keep their vehicles secure. Examples are: not leaving keys in the vehicle; locking all doors and ensuring all windows are rolled up; parking in well-lit areas; and most importantly using anti-theft devices, such as steering wheel locking mechanisms, to secure vehicles.
Immediately contact the Police if your vehicle is stolen. As a reminder, Police will need to be able to confirm ownership of the vehicle, know the vehicle's license plate number, and the vehicle's fuel amount.
Roseburg Police Officers participated in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the month of February. During the month of February, the Roseburg Police Department arrested 12 people for driving while intoxicated.
Additionally, Roseburg Police Officers will be participating in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the month of March.
The Roseburg Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers to plan ahead, and follow these tips:
* Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk--or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
* If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
* If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
* Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
* If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
On March 1st, 2017, Roseburg Police responded to the west side of town for a report of a male who was trespassing on private property and attempting to gain entry into the caller's vehicle. The suspect left the caller's property and continued to attempt to open other vehicles' doors in the area.
Neighbors woke up and confronted the suspect, who ran into a wooded creek area. Roseburg Officer Dingman and K9 Iago responded and began tracking the suspect. Iago tracked the suspect through the wooded creek area and then several blocks through neighborhoods. Iago eventually tracked to the suspect, who surrendered without incident.
The suspect was identified as Austin Aretakis (21 years old). Aretakis has thus far been charged with Burglary 1, six counts of Unlawful Entry in to a Motor Vehicle, four counts of Criminal Trespass II, and three counts of Theft III.