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Trio of car theft defendants out of jail

Published on December 27, 2017 8:48PM

Last changed on December 27, 2017 8:52PM


HEPPNER — The three car theft co-defendants law enforcement in Morrow County caught Oct. 31 all made it back to Portland.

Buddy James Buoy, 42, Michelle Carol McLean, 40, Julia R. Kraus, 37, each face multiple charges stemming from car thefts of Washington dealers.

Circuit court records show they agreed to conditional releases from the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.

Buoy got out Dec. 4, McLean on Dec. 11 and Kraus on Dec. 14. According to the release conditions, Buoy and McLean have to stay at their homes in Portland under the supervision of an adult. Kraus, though, went into a drug treatment center in Portland.

They cannot have contact with each other or the dealerships, and the court put a special restriction on Buoy — a 10 p.m. curfew.

They each face five counts of first-degree aggravated theft for stealing a 2015 Ford F250 and a 2016 Ford F350 from Dave Smith Motors, Spokane, and a Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, and Silverado pickup from McCurley Integrity Chevrolet Pasco.

The state also charged Buoy and Kraus with fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving and multiple counts of second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass stemming from a police chase. McLean also faces one charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Buoy’s next hearing is Jan. 4, according to court records. McLean and Kraus have hearings Jan. 25. The hearings take place at the Morrow County Courthouse, Heppner.



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