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Car thief gets 30 months; companion faces more charges


August 1, 2018

Matthew Everette Wood and James Lee Baker

Matthew Everette Wood of Portland was sentenced July 12 in Linn County Circuit Court to 30 months in prison for second-degree burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Counts of third-degree theft and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle were dismissed as part of plea negotiations.

Wood was one of two arrested June 21 in connection to a burglary and theft of cigarettes from Safeway, 1540 Main St., theft of items from a Linn Shuttle bus and a stolen vehicle.

While on routine patrol, a police officer had observed a passenger in a pickup who...

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