CCSO Detective Nabs Theft Suspect at Airport PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:40
On Tuesday, a Columbia County Sheriff's detective, acting on a lead, arrested the son of a man who had been jailed  on a domestic violence arrest, after the former had stolen a reported $32,800 from his father while he was incarcerated.

Freddie K. Sandusky, 22, Springfield, was taken into custody as he was preparing to board a flight to Hawaii at the Portland Airport at approximately 10:00 Tuesday morning.  He had been on the run for two weeks, and reportedly has spent and/or gambled away 40 percent of what he had stolen.   Investigators have recovered approximately $19,000 since locating the suspect.

The case began August 14, when deputies responded to the scene of a domestic violence call. Sandusky's father, Dennis A. Newman, 59, Scappoose was taken into custody for Assault and for being a felon in possession of a weapon.  Sandusky was listed as the victim in this case.  Once deputies learned that Newman had a large amount of cash back at the house, he was transported back to the house, only to find the cash (and Sandusky) had already disappeared.

Acting on a Lead that Sandusky might be heading to Hawaii, a Columbia County Sheriff's detective responded to the airport and found Sandusky headed to the airline after checking in.

"This is a case where our deputies had compassion on the man they had just arrested and acted in his interest, even though the victim himself had previously committed a crime," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "The good police work on the part of our people to find the suspect and recover some of the money is noteworthy, even when the victim is also a suspect in another matter."