Deputies nab phony Forest Service suspect


Umatilla County sheriff's deputies Wednesday arrested a Hermiston on suspicion of stealing communication equipment from the U.S. Forest Service and passing himself off as a Forest Service officer.

According to the sheriff's office, Jarrod Raymond Keene, 25, broke into two Umatilla County boats and stole law enforcement radios and sirens. The sheriff's office also said Keene cut the fence and kicked in doors to the U.S. Forest Service communication center in Pendleton.

Umatilla County Undersheriff Terry Rowan said Keene used the police radio to call the Umatilla County Dispatch Center. Rowan said Keene identified himself as a Forest Service officer and asked dispatch for information about vehicles.

"For what purpose we don't know," Roman said, but it seemed Keene was experimenting with what he could do with the goods.

Pendleton police took the initial call on the Forest Service break-in and theft the morning of Feb. 24. The police department's investigation produced Keene's name.

Rowan and Chance Dixon, detective with the sheriff's office, searched Keene's residence Wednesday and claimed to have found stolen laptops, GPS equipment, radio equipment and red and blue police lights, which the sheriff's office claimed Keene later placed on his personal vehicle.

The pair of lawmen arrested Keene on several charges: first-degree burglary I, two counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree theft, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, three counts of criminal trespass, possession of stolen property and criminal impersonation of a peace officer.

Deputies booked Keene into the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton where he remains on $56,500 bail.

The Umatilla County District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case.

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