STATELINE ROAD – A College Place woman held burglars at bay for more than 45 minutes Monday night as she waited for Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office deputies to arrive, according to law enforcement reports.
Judy Haste allegedly found two men and a woman attempting to steal tools from her late husband’s construction company near Walla Walla Nursery on the Oregon side of Stateline Road at about 5:15 p.m., on Monday.
According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office report, Haste spoke with the suspects, one of whom she recognized, before calling police at about 5:56 p.m.
At 6:21 p.m. Haste, who told Umatilla County Dispatch she had parked her car on a bridge to keep the suspects from fleeing, contacted Walla Walla city-county dispatch for officers to respond. Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputies were the first to arrive, followed by Oregon State Troopers.
“The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office was definitely there for me,” Haste said this morning. “Umatilla County is pretty spread out, and it took them a while to get there.”
Haste added, “it all came together,” eventually.
Sgt. Tawin Compton of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said the on-duty deputy was tied up with another call in the Hermiston area when Haste called in the burglary.
“It was one of our reserve deputies that responded,” Compton said, adding the deputy responded from home in the Pendleton area.
“Walla Walla assists us quite a bit,” Compton said.
Zachary T. Koehler, 25, Denali F. Knutson, 23, and Andrew J. Garvin, 24, all of Walla Walla, were arrested on investigation of burglary, theft and criminal trespassing.