Transient Arrested for Stolen Vehicle in Heppner


On January 19th at 5pm the Morrow County Communication Center received a call from a female in Heppner, reporting a disoriented man going through garbage cans, looking for food.  The concerned citizen fed the man and called the Sheriff’s Office with her concerns.

Deputy Daniel Thomas, Deputy Tamara Beardsley and Undersheriff John Bowles responded and located the man in downtown Heppner.  The subject advised he was okay and was looking for a way to leave town.  He advised he took a truck from Pasco and ran out of fuel in Heppner.

The truck was located near-by and the keys were locked inside.  Dispatch confirmed that the vehicle was stolen out of Pasco.  Contact was made with the truck owner who advised the Sheriff’s Office to go ahead and open the truck to retrieve the keys.  Special Deputy Terry Harper responded to assist, as he is our resident expert with locks.  The truck was then moved to the Sheriff’s Office until the owner could pick up the vehicle.

John Quincy McClammy, 22, transient, was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  He was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail (UCJ) with a bail of $10,000.  UCJ also has mental health assistance for inmates if needed.

Morrow County wishes to thank the concerned citizens of Heppner for their compassion and concern for their fellow man.

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