Stolen $80K equipment found, one arrested


Gabriel Deere was taken into custody, one other man being sought

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — One of the 2 men suspected of stealing $80,000 in construction equipment from a church property in Gresham was arrested Wednesday after police received a number of tips.

Gabriel Deere was arrested but the other suspect, although identified, has not yet been taken into custody.

Deere, 43, and the other man are believed to be responsible for stealing a John Deer skid steer and mini excavator from the future home of Rise City Church. The 30,000-square foot facility was formerly Skateworld and has been under renovations for about a year.

A mini excavator and a John Deere skid steer were recovered after being stolen from a Gresham church property, November 6, 2019 (Gresham PD)

Police said the John Deere skid steer was recovered in Estacada while the mini excavator was found in Woodburn. Both are being returned to the construction company that owns them.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

KOIN 6 News reporter Amy Frazier contributed to this report

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