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Suspected burglar found hiding in landfill

Oscar Dorantes-MondragonWashington County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Hillsboro man who they claim broke into a home near Hillsboro and stole clothes, then hid in a landfill.

Oscar Dorantes-Mondragon, 23, of Hillsboro, is charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly broke into a home in the 3900 block of Minter Bridge Road on Wednesday, July 20.

Authorities received a 911 call at about 2:15 p.m., Wednesday after the homeowner came home to find a strange man inside her house wearing clothes found in one of the bedrooms.

The man ran outside and initially tried to steal the woman’s car, deputies said, but ran off when the homeowner confronted him. Deputies said Dorantes-Mondragon ran to a Waste Management landfill nearby at 3205 S.E. Minter Bridge Road where he attempted to hide from authorities inside a shed.

Workers at the landfill reportedly saw the man enter the storage shed and, believing that he was trying to steal tools, grabbed him and held him down until deputies arrived.

Dorantes-Mondragon was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Washington County Jail. Dorantes-Mondragon also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.