Alleged Shilo Inn burglar arrested on several counts

<p>Nathan Cutfinger</p>

On April 22, Oregon State Police spotted a vehicle reported stolen from Seaside in connection with a residential burglary on Sixth Avenue near the Prom. The two females in the vehicle claimed they were unaware the vehicle was stolen and soon led officers to another address in the 900 block of McCormick Gardens.

While searching the residence, the officers located a trailer on the property that was locked. While waiting for the owner with a key, officers observed a male identified as Nathan Cutfinger, 27, of Warrenton, in the trailer. He surrendered and was taken into custody for his involvement in the burglary and stolen vehicle.

Cutfinger had been on the run since April 17 when he was identified as the person responsible for a burglary and theft at the Shilo Inn. Hotel surveillance enabled Seaside police officers to identify him, and they learned he also had two felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants that included fourth-degree assault, failure to appear on theft and two probation violation warrants all out of Clatsop County.

Officers spotted him in the area of Sixth Avenue and Roosevelt Drive on April 19, but he ran, and, after searching the area using a Clatsop County K-9, they were unable to locate him.

Cutfinger was transported to the Clatsop County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, third-degree theft, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree escape and the warrants.

The Seaside Police Department thanks all the Oregon State Police troopers and Clatsop County SheriffÂ’s deputies who assisted in these investigations, said Police Chief Bob Gross.

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