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Man Arrested Following Burglary of Archives Bookstore


La Grande, Ore. – (Release from the La Grande Police Department) This morning, Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at approximately 4:35 a.m. our dispatch center received a 911 call from the owner of the Archives Book Store in La Grande, Timothy Osterloh. Osterloh reported a man had broken into the Archives Book Store and disabled the store’s security camera system, which alerted Osterloh. Osterloh said when he went to the store to investigate, he found and confronted a male subject who was in the store stuffing a duffel bag with stolen items.

The male was later identified as Robert Frates (39) of Walla Walla. Osterloh said when he tried to stop Frates, Frates assaulted him and then fled the store. Osterloh received minor injuries during the altercation with Frates.

La Grande Police Department officers received a good description of Frates from Osterloh and quickly located Frates a couple of blocks away from the store. Frates immediately fled from our officers but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

Frates, a convicted felon, was arrested for Assault IV, Theft II, Burglary I, Unlawful Possession of Burglars Tools, Criminal Mischief II, Robbery II, and Felon in Possession of a weapon (throwing knives).

This investigation was brought to a successful conclusion due to the quick actions of Osterloh and the quick police response by our officers. The stolen items that were in Frate’s possession were returned to Osterloh.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed. If you have information pertinent to this case, please contact the La Grande Police Department at 541-963-1017.



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