Police: 2 men arrested for theft of ODOT property along I-5 in Roseburg
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Two Aumsville men were arrested after police received reports of a theft in progress on Interstate-5 in the Roseburg area.
Around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oregon State Police troopers from the Roseburg Area Command in Douglas County received a call from the OSP dispatch center about a theft in progress near I-5 southbound milepost 118 and I-5 northbound, milepost 119.
Several reporting parties called and reported two men were removing wheels off an Oregon Department of Transportation reader board trailer and moving the wheels across the interstate, police said.
Troopers responded and located two men matching the description near milepost 118 southbound on I-5.
Police said the two ODOT tires were lying on the ground next to the suspects' pickup. Attached to the pickup was a trailer with an excavator loaded on it.
While interviewing the suspects, police said they were found to be in possession of heroin.
They were identified as 30-year-old Brandon M. Shinall 26-year-old Grant D. Palmser, both of Aumsville.
Both men were arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail, charged with PCS Heroin and Theft 1.
A follow-up investigation determined the trailer and excavator were also stolen, police said. The charge of Aggravated Theft was added for both of them.