Several tips from suspicious northeast Bend neighborhood residents led to the arrest Thursday afternoon of a 27-year old transient on burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges, in addition to an outstanding warrant for parole violation, Deschutes County deputies reported.
About 1:10 p.m., residents near Hyde Lane and Keyte Road in northeast Bend called police to report a suspicious man who appeared to be “casing” homes in the area, Sgt. Dan Bilyeu and Deputy Jeff Petz wrote in a news release. Officers responded to the area, and received updated reports of the man’s whereabouts as he left walking southeast across open fields toward the J-Bar-J Boys Ranch.
Daniel Wesley Mills – DCJ photo
As deputies checked the Quail Ridge subdivision, neighbors told them someone matching the suspect’s description had tried to climb a fence and cross onto private property, and that he was headed south toward Neff Road.
Following the neighbors’ tips, deputies located the suspect near an unoccupied home at 21486 Neff Road, and identified him as 27-year old Daniel Wesley Mills, a transient. Investigation tied Mills to a break-in of the unoccupied Neff house, and various items in the suspect’s possession were linked to the burglary.
Mills was taken into custody and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail. In addition to being charged with first-degree burglary, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass; and third-degree theft; the suspect was found through a routine check to have an outstanding warrant for parole violation. Bail on current charges was set at $33,000, but his parole violation carried a “no bail” warrant and Mills remains in custody.