Arrest made in UO and local business theft cases
Detective Seeking Any Additional Business Victims
A suspect has been arrested for a series of thefts at the UO and local businesses in which computers or large appliances were stolen. David Tetukevich, age 58, of Springfield was arrested without incident at his home yesterday, at 11 a.m. and charged with:
• Burglary 1 – three counts
• Theft 1 – three counts
• Possession of Burglary Tools – three counts
• Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree – three counts
On August 31 and September 1, a suspect was captured on UO security camera footage stealing desktop computers from offices at the UO’s William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene. The University of Oregon Police Department shared information and images from those Labor Day weekend thefts with the public and media. Subsequently, a local store recognized Tetukevich as a suspect in several instances where appliances were taken out of the store, often past store personnel, who were misled by the fraudulent receipts he showed them on the way out. The store called UOPD, which led to the identification of Tetukevich as the primary suspect.
The UOPD requested Eugene Police assistance to write and serve a Search Warrant. Yesterday, EPD and UOPD served the search warrant at Tetukevich’s house, arresting him and recovering property including a refrigerator, a washer/dryer set, and dishwasher.
The investigation is ongoing. EPD Detective Rick Lowe is still investigating the sales of the stolen property, including whether or not the property was sold through online sites. If there are any additional businesses that believe they have had thefts from a suspect with a similar description and M.O., they are asked to please call Det. Lowe at 541.682.5573.
The previous story released by UOPD: http://police.uoregon.edu/content/burglar-id-sought