Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve seeks public’s assistance in burglary investigation

Between the evening of Nov. 27 and early morning of Nov. 28, the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserves was the victim of a large-scale burglary. Multiple items of property belonging to the National Park Service were taken during the crime. A black Can Am UTV, a large dump trailer, and a Tool CAT were taken along with a variety of other assets. The estimated value of the stolen property is in excess of $100,000. Additionally, during the burglary the perpetrators intentionally cut down trees within the park damaging resources in the monument.
According to park superintendent Jeremey Curtis the park does not have the budget to replace the stolen items. “If a tree falls, one of us will have to bring a chainsaw from home,” Curtis said.
The incident has been under investigation and one item was recovered the day after the burglary. Investigators are diligently following up on all leads and believe the community may be able to assist in identifying the perpetrators. The park is asking for the public’s assistance in this investigation. The park would like to urge anyone with information regarding the crime, identity of the parties involved, or any related criminal activity to contact Supervisory Ranger Dave Hahn at 707-465-7457.