Two Redmond men were arrested Sunday for auto theft and a woman cited and released. Police say a Sheriff’s Deputy tried to pull over a Nissan for a traffic violation. The Nissan took off and was found abandoned a short ways away down an alley near NW Birch and NW 4th. The suspect was spotted walking away from it. The deputy gave chase. The driver took off running through and across numerous yards. By then officers learned the car that was pulled over was stolen from the Portland area. They also connected another pedestrian associated with the stolen car, Amber Higbee, 48, of Redmond. She revealed she lived a short ways a way.
Officers brought in a police dog with a mean bark and surrounded Higbee’s residence. They ordered everybody to come out. One male emerged, identified as Garrett Leeper, 25. Leeper was wanted for parole violation from a different auto theft. Then they yelled at who they now knew was Dean Morkert, 46, inside Higbee’s residence. When he failed to come out officers got their dog to make some rather loud, malicious noises. Morkert appeared at the door and surrendered.
Morkert was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where he was charged with vehicle theft. Leeper was jailed on his parole violation connected with a different vehicle theft.