On the 10th of September 2017, at approximately 4PM, the Hermiston Police Department responded to the Good Shepherd Hospital (GSH) on a report of an attempted theft that just took place. Sergeant Chris Martin met with security staff from GSH and was able to review surveillance footage that showed a male and female attempting to steal (2) spools of high voltage copper wire valued at $2,000 from inside a storage room. The male and female were interrupted by a roaming security employee on the GSH campus and fled in a Suzuki SUV.
Sgt. Martin shared the video surveillance a couple hours later at briefing for the oncoming shift. Based on vehicle and video information, it was believed at that time the suspects were Jonathan Price and Maria Martinez.
As shift briefing was ending, Hermiston officers heard a call for service for the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office of a theft that took place at a heating and cooling business north of Hermiston. The suspect vehicle information did not match but the description of a male and female did match.
Around 6:40PM, Sergeant Kelly Parsons of the Hermiston Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of SE 10th Street on an older Chevrolet S10 pickup matching the description from the UCSO incident.
Jonathan Price 35 years of age of 1183 SW 6th Street, Hermiston and Maria Martinez 34 years of age of 1280 SE Thirteenth Place, Irrigon were taken into custody and later charged and lodged on (1) count of Burglary in the Second Degree and (1) count of Theft in the First Degree.
The Umatilla Police Department provided assistance in this investigation as the duo was believed to be staying at a motel in their community. The Umatilla County S.O. may have additional charges for the pair.
“The quick resolve on this theft shows the tenacity of our officers. The interagency cooperation between our department, the sheriff’s office, and the Umatilla Police Department should be encouraging for all our citizens we are responsible to,” reports Chief Jason Edmiston.