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Hermiston man caught selling expensive stolen property on eBay

A Hermiston man arrested Tuesday for stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods from a business outside Boardman has been tied to nine separate criminal cases, according to Morrow County deputies.

Chalen James Ottmar, 24, allegedly stole a radio with a receiver and a John Deere 2630 display from a John Deere tractor from a business near Pole Line Road and Homestead Lane on Aug. 6. The theft was worth an estimated $20,000, deputies said. 

Investigators were able to track down one of the stolen items to someone in Fairview, Illinois on Aug. 28. The person said they bought the item from Ottmar on eBay. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, deputies executed a search warrrant at Ottmar's home on Westview Drive in Hermiston. 

Inside the home, deputies found property related to crimes in Umatilla and Morrow counties. Deputies said the discovery ended up solving nine cases involving the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Police Department, Oregon State Police and US Fish and Wildlfe. 

Ottmar was booked at the Umatilla County Jail on two counts of aggravated first-degree theft, two counts of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and two counts of criminal trespassing. He's being held on $54,000 bail.

Additional charges are currently pending. 

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