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Beer-soaked night ends in bear-napping charges for two Milwaukie men

The general manager of the Wichita Pub in Milwaukie was relieved to see Officer Jeff Rogerson had recovered the establishment's beloved wooden bear statue that had been stolen about 1:45 a.m. on Friday morning, just before closing.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT - MPD Officer Jeff Rogerson returns a stolen bear statue to the Wichita Pub on Friday.The theft was discovered on June 21 after an anonymous caller notified the pub that photos of the stolen bear statue could be found on Facebook.

Police were notified of the theft at 8:48 a.m. Between the surveillance video from the pub, and the images posted on Facebook, police established that 25-year-old Corey Daniel Harris and 26-year-old Trevor Modar were suspected in the theft of the chainsaw-art wooden bear statue.

The police investigation resulted in eventually locating the suspects' residence. When contacted by police around 3 p.m., both men claimed that taking the bear statue was a joke and that they had intended to later return it. Both men were issued citations to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on charges of theft.




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