Man arrested following tip from another business burglary

Beaverton police on Thursday discovered the remains of a life-sized bronze deer statue reported stolen from a dental office on March 19, at a Beaverton man's residence. Chad Ferguson, 39, was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

Beaverton Police officers and detectives responded early Thursday morning to a burglary and theft reported at an unidentified Beaverton business. Following a tip, police later that day located Ferguson at his residence, where they also discovered pieces of the stolen statue.

The statue was cut into pieces in an apparent attempt to sell it for scrap, said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff's office spokesman.

Deputies responded to the Raleigh Hills Dental Clinic, 7209 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, the morning of Monday, March 19, after employees reported the 400-pound bronze deer was missing from the landscaped area in front of the clinic. The theft apparently took place sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning.

The statue was originally purchased for $20,000, said Sgt. Vance Stimler, another sheriff's office spokesman.

Ferguson is lodged at the jail on $50,000 bail, facing accusations of burglary, aggravated theft, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief. More charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Washington County Sheriff's Detectives were contacted and are working with the Beaverton Police detectives on the investigation.

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