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Construction crew blocks flatbed theft, holds man

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A construction crew used a construction grader to block the escape of a man who was trying to steal a flatbed car hauler trailer from a site in Sisters early Saturday.

The man, Portland resident Robert Stanley Hornby II, was arrested shortly before 6 a.m. by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office. Deputies and a Black Butte Ranch officer found Hornby at the Robinson-Owen Heavy Construction Company after the crew kept him blocked in.

The crew said they spotted Hornby when they returned from an all-night project. The construction company also had a blue Ford F-350 stolen overnight from the same spot.

Hornby was allegedly trying to hook up the flatbed trailer to a truck that was reported stolen from Fox Roofing in Vancouver. 

A rifle that had been in the Ford F-350 was in Hornby’s possession when he was detained, officials said. He also had “jiggler” keys — locksmith tools — in his possession.

A separate stolen car was also reported in Sisters overnight. A red 2002 Chevy Blazer was stolen from the 400 block of W. Washington Avenue. It remains unrecovered.

Authorities believe all these crimes are connected and the investigation is ongoing.

Hornby is being held in the Deschutes County Jail for theft, 2 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felon with a gun, possession of burglary tools and drug charges including possession of heroin.

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