The woman arrested for 14 charges of identity theft two weeks ago is back in jail after a home invasion robbery that occurred at 15th and Irving Avenue early this morning.
Officers arrested Sarah Smith, 28, with a last known address of the Windjammer in Gearhart, and Adrian Konecny, 24, of rural Astoria, this morning. Konecny is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault; Smith is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.
The victim of the robbery, Robert Olsen, 56, was beaten severely with a baseball bat and suffered head injuries and injuries to his ribs.
He was a prior identity theft victim of Smiths.
At 3:55 a.m., Astoria Police received a call from Olsen, a resident of 15th and Irving Avenue, who had walked to Columbia Memorial Hospital.
At the hospital, he was examined, but not treated for injuries because he left.
Olson reported to police that he was assaulted when a man broke into his home.
Officers obtained a description of the suspect, his clothing and stature, and then went to the scene. The scene was familiar, Deputy Police Chief Brad Johnston said.
Hes a bit of a hoarder and the scene was a mess, but it was expected to be a mess, Johnston said. An officer had been there two weeks ago, when Olsen had been a victim (of identity theft). So it was very difficult to tell what was missing. The back door had been kicked in.
Johnston said Olsen reported that a man came to his front door, claiming there was a fight down the street and that he needed to use Olsens phone. When Olsen refused, the man went around to the back of the house and kicked in the door.
The suspect beat Olsen with a baseball bat and money was stolen.
Then, the suspect fled before Olsen walked to the hospital.
At 6:15 a.m., Clatsop County Sheriffs deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle on Lewis and Clark Road near Logan Road. Deputies stopped the car and found Konecny inside. They said he matched the robbers description perfectly. He was in the company of Sara Smith.
Both were arrested and taken to the Clatsop County Jail.
Johnston said Olsen is a relative of Smith, but was not sure how the two were related. Smith allegedly stole checks from Olsen and had used them, along with Smiths alleged other victims.
Smith was arrested Aug. 20 for one charge of identity theft after passing a stolen check at a local dentists office from a closed account at a closed bank. The check belonged to an Astoria resident who had reported a burglary in June. After her arrest, officers served a search warrant at Smiths hotel residence in Gearhart. They also searched her car. What police found led them to believe there were other victims who had not yet reported anything or did not yet know they were victims. Johnston said at the time that police believed Smith was using the identities to obtain Vicodin prescriptions.
Smith was out on bail after the initial arrest, but was re-arrested when she came to the police station to pick up her vehicle Aug. 26. Then she was charged with 14 counts of identity theft, six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, negotiating a bad check, second-degree possession of a forgery instrument, second-degree theft and third-degree theft. She was released Aug. 30.
Astoria Police have also said Smith is on probation in the Portland area for similar crimes.