Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Increased Patrols for Memorial Weekend - 05/23/16
The Hood River County Sheriff's Office will increase traffic patrols for the upcoming memorial holiday weekend. The Sheriff's Office receives grant funds to increase patrols for both DUII and seatbelt enforcement through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Our goal is to reduce traffic crashes and increase safety through high visibility enforcement. The Sheriff's Office urges everyone to drive with care, wear a safety belt and to please not drive when using substances that impair, including prescription medication, alcohol, marijuana or any other impairing substance. Please report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911.
Suspect in Custody Following Burglary Spree South of Parkdale (Photo)
Craig Allan Pagenkopf
PARKDALE, Ore. -- On May 10, 2016, deputies began receiving reports of burglarized homes on Mountain Shadows Drive south of Parkdale. Additional reports were taken on May 11, 2016 totaling more than half a dozen incidents. Information obtained during the investigation of the incidents indicated that the suspect/s may still be in the area.
With assistance from the Sheriff's Office airplane, deputies located thirty-eight year old Craig Allan Pagenkopf of Kansas in the forest adjacent to the area. The investigation ultimately led to Pagenkopf's arrest. He was lodged at NORCOR on six counts of First Degree Burglary, three counts of Theft in the First Degree and single counts of Attempted First Degree Burglary and Attempted Second Degree Burglary.
Following an extensive search by ground and air, Sheriff's Office personnel recovered a large cache of property stolen from area residences.
Unfortunately, burglaries are not uncommon and would be thieves look for victim's of opportunity. The Sheriff's Office recommends that homeowners take steps to protect their property. Consider an alarm system. With modern technology, there are many affordable systems now that utilize internet connections or cellular connections if internet and landline's aren't available. If you plan to be away from your residence for an extended period, elicit the help of a friend, family member or neighbor to check the property periodically. Ensure that all windows and doors are secured. Cut back large trees and shrubbery so your house is visible and doesn't provide a would be burglar with unnecessary concealment. Invest in motion activated lighting. Finally, contact your local law enforcement agency and request extra patrol in the area.
US Forest Service Law Enforcement assisted the Sheriff's Office with the investigation and recovery of property.
Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest and Recovery of a Stolen Vehicle (Photo)
Thomas Leonard Berry
PARKDALE, Ore. - On May 10, 2016 after 10 p.m., deputies were notified that the Washington State Patrol was in pursuit of a vehicle reported stolen out of The Dalles. The vehicle crossed over the Hood River Toll Bridge, causing damage to a gate at the toll booth. It continued southbound on Highway 35. After losing the vehicle for a short period, a deputy found the stolen car still southbound on Highway 35.
Another pursuit began with speeds reaching around 85 MPH. The vehicle turned south onto Cooper Spur Road from Highway 35. The pursuing deputy lost sight of the stolen van near Parkdale. Deputies searched the area but were unable to immediately locate the stolen vehicle.
Just prior to 1 a.m., a resident in the 7300 block of Baseline Drive reported a prowler on their property. Deputies who were still in the area located the prowler and took him into custody. Further investigation revealed that the prowler was the driver of the stolen vehicle.
Deputies arrested thirty-three year old Thomas Leonard Berry of Salem. He was lodged at NORCOR on several charges including Attempt to Elude a Police Officer and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Later that morning, deputies recovered the stolen vehicle, a 2005 Ford Van, from an orchard in the 8600 block of Cooper Spur Road. Berry remains in NORCOR on $10,000 bail.