Police: Sandwich, beer left at Oregon arson scene lead officers to burglary suspects
DALLAS, Ore. – Detectives say beer cans, a ham sandwich, and a lost cell phone helped them track down two suspects in a burglary and arson investigation in Dallas, Oregon.
Fire crews were called out to a home on SE Arizona Street around 7 p.m. on December 29 to put out a fire at a recently remodeled home. Firefighters found that the home was vandalized before it was burned; there were holes in the walls and the windows had been painted with white house paint from the inside.
Dallas Police investigators said they found a cell phone, several beer cans, and the plastic bag from a Safeway ham and swiss sandwich in the garage.
They reviewed the store’s surveillance footage and saw a man buying a six-pack and a sandwich. They say the man was wearing “Georgia Romeo” shoes that matched paint footprints found inside and outside the house.
Police found that the cell phone number was registered to a woman, who said her nephew, Joshua Delano, had recently lost his phone.
According to court documents, police found Delano wearing a jacket and shoes that “had white paint on them.”
Officers talked with Delano, who admitted to breaking into the house and damaging it with his friend, Stanley Mock. He claimed that Mock was the one who started the fire.
In a police interview, Mock also admitted to damaging the home. He claimed that Delano was the one who started the fire.
Mock gave police some videos that they had taken at the scene. Court documents say that Stanley made a selfie video “saying ‘we’ burnt the house down, as fire trucks were driving behind them.”
Both men were booked into the Polk County Jail on first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, and first-degree criminal mischief.