Photo: Benjamin Osborn
DUNSMUIR – A commercial burglary occurred on Christmas night at Harley’s Antique Store. The investigation that followed identified a suspect and resulted in the service of a search warrant on December 27th.
As deputies served the warrant at a residence in the 5100 block of Florence Loop, 43-year-old Benjamin Osborn tried to flee. A deputy and his K-9 ended that attempt.
The search resulted in the discovery of eight watches and two Pelican cases that had been stolen from the antique shop.
It was also discovered that Osborn had had warrants out from Siskiyou and Shasta counties, as well as one from the state of Oregon.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was an excellent piece of investigative work. Combined with the assistance and support from the other involved deputies and help from the CHP, the search warrant was successfully orchestrated, a key suspect arrested, and valuable, stolen property was recovered. Although we had to assign a lot of resources to conduct the search warrant operation, a major felony burglary and theft suspect was taken into custody. Mr. Osborn may have tried to ruin Christmas for the owners of the antique store but it is reassuring that most of the stolen property was recovered and will soon be returned to the owner.”