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Burglaries tied to teens, retaliation

January 18, 2012

HOOD RIVER - On Dec. 30, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office arrested Shaun Hillen, 18, and Justin Schultz, 18, both Hood River Valley High School students, for burglary in the first degree.

Hillen and Schultz were the fifth and sixth people taken into custody for a Dec. 14 crime spree that included two burglaries, an assault and a robbery.

Late on the afternoon of Dec. 14 the HRCSO was called to Schultz's Odell residence on Ehrck Hill Road after another occupant returned to the house and discovered it had been burglarized. In addition to the theft of several thousand dollars in property, additional items were vandalized and destroyed inside the residence.

On Dec. 15 Schultz reported to deputies that he had been assaulted and had his wallet stolen by several juveniles on the evening of Dec. 14, following the burglary in his home, at an unrelated Hood River residence.

An additional burglary, which had not been reported, was later found to have occurred before the Schultz burglary on Dec. 14 at the home of one of the three juveniles Schultz identified as his attackers.

Following Schultz's robbery and assault report on Dec. 15 in which Schultz identified his attackers (known associates), deputies took three juveniles - all HRVHS students - into custody and charged them with assault and robbery. The juveniles included two 16-year-old males and one 17-year-old male.

As the investigation continued, deputies discovered that the three juveniles arrested Dec. 15 and a fourth 17-year-old arrested Dec. 28 were also responsible for the Odell burglary at the Schultz residence.

With further investigation, deputies determined that earlier on Dec. 14 Hillen and Schultz allegedly initiated the string of crimes when they burglarized the Hood River residence of one of the involved juveniles.

The crimes committed by the juveniles later on Dec. 14 were allegedly committed in retaliation for Hillen and Schultz's initial burglary and theft of items from one of the juvenile's homes on Cascade Avenue.

As a result of the execution of a search warrant and further investigation, deputies have recovered most of the property taken in the two burglaries.

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