A car that police believe was stolen Sunday during a robbery in Baker City was recovered by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday at Haines.
The investigation began Tuesday while Sheriff Travis Ash and Deputy Eric Colton were in Haines investigating a report of vehicles blocking the alley behind the Haines Mercantile, a Sheriff’s Office press release stated.
A 1994 Honda Civic, occupied by Paul Lloyd Niehaus, 52, and Jamie Lynne Starboard, 39, pulled up to the site while officers were investigating. Ash checked the status of the Honda Civic and found that it had been stolen in Baker City Sunday.
A search warrant was granted and law enforcement officers entered a building at 818 Front St. in Haines, where the couple are living, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies spoke with Niehaus about the car while inside the residence. He produced a bill of sale for the vehicle signed by Colvin William Cutshall III, 30, a Baker City transient who is being held at the Baker County Jail.
Cutshall had been arrested early Tuesday morning on 16th Street near Auburn Avenue in Baker City on charges of robbery and unlawful use of a 1994 Honda Civic belonging to Alen Brown, 19, of Baker City. Cutshall is accused of threatening Brown with a crowbar before driving away in his car.
The car was seized and the investigation is continuing. The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Oregon State Police.