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Bungling burglar cuffed by JCPD

Posted on 31 October 2012 by admin

Thief gets hand caught in the candy jar

photo by Kyle Krenik
Evidence of stolen items from local burglaries recoverd from 952 Holly St. Junction City.










photo provided By Lane County Jail
Jason Michael Donaldson Acourding to Information from the Lane County Jail website ( Donaldson has at least 13 alias’s

By Steve Rowland
For the Tribune

JUNCTION CITY – Wednesday evening Junction City Police Department arrested Jason Michael Donaldson at 952 Holly St., for violation of probation. During the arrest, officers noticed a candy jar and a few other items that fit the descriptions of items that had been taken from a recent B&I Hardware store burglary. Donaldson got a free ride to the Lane County jail.
Officer Nicol and Officer Markell worked through the night and called the District Attorney on Thursday morning and a search warrant was issued. JCPD officers soon found other items from other burglaries, and charged the suspect with additional crimes.
During an interview at the scene, JCPD Chief Mark Chase said, “We received some information, so obviously we had probable cause to believe, based upon earlier contact at this residence, that there was some stolen items in the house. There’s probably a couple of dozen bags in the house that they are [officers] loading up of stolen stuff. I give credit to Officer Nicol and Officer Markell who worked through the night.”
The story doesn’t end here. It is suspected that there could be more arrests to come. The JCPD is requesting that anyone who has seen Donaldson, or persons with Donaldson, to please call the JCPD at 541.998.1245. Again, the investigation is ongoing as there are additional suspects being considered and any information will be useful.
Regarding the work of his officers, Chief Chase said, “I’m really thrilled as to Officer Nicol and Markell and their keen police work that caught this suspect. Without their efforts this case could still be unsolved. We are very fortunate to have police officers like them that sincerely care about our community and are conscientious about doing the best job they can.”
Donaldson, who has at least 13 alias’s, is 36 years old. He was taken to the Lane County Jail the week of 10/7/12 by Sgt. Salisbury on another charge where he was booked and released due to the matrix system.
To protect yourself from Donaldson and similar criminals, be sure to attend one or both of the following meetings: The Junction City, Harrisburg & Monroe Chamber of Commerce is hosting a presentation by the JCPD on ‘Burglar-proofing your business/home.’ It will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Chamber Networking Breakfast at 7am at the Moose Lodge in Junction City.
To avoid overcrowding, please RSVP by Nov.12. Call Chamber Dir. Rick Kissock at 541.998.6154, or email
Also, on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6pm at the JC High School Cafeteria, the JCPD will have a city-wide Sector Mtg. (Sectors 1-5). Of course, all businesses and homeowners are welcome. No RSVP necessary.

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