PO Box 542
Milton-Freewater, OR 97862
Milton-Freewater Police Department apprehended a suspect they believe is responsible for two armed robberies at a local convenience store in Milton-Freewater. Clerks at Neighborhood Grocery, located at 209 NW 8th Avenue, had reported armed robberies on January 23rd and January 29th.
Following the armed robbery on Monday, January 29th, law enforcement asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. At the time, law enforcement described the suspect as:
…a medium build, light complexioned male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 5’ 10” with shoulder length dark colored hair. The suspect has a scruffy goatee beard, a quasi Fu Manchu mustache, with what appears to be a mole on the right side of his face near the curvature of the mustache as can be seen in the photograph. The suspect as shown in the picture was wearing a zippered coat with an attached hood, and was wearing what is commonly called a “brimmed beanie”. Not illustrated in the photo is that the suspect was wearing a black pair of running type pants bearing red striping down the sides of the legs.
Around 9pm last night, police arrested 30-year-old Seth Andrew Burnett for the armed robberies. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office lists Burnett as a Caucasian, 6′ 2″ tall, 185 pounds. He was listed as a female in the roster, but officials said that was an error. In the booking photo, Burnett’s hair is short, he has no facial hair and no visible mole.
According to Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer, “the arrest was made in Milton-Freewater on North Main Street near 8th Avenue, where detectives contacted Burnett while he was skateboarding, there taking him into custody without incident, based upon the probable cause developed by the Milton-Freewater Police Department investigation.”
Officials say the arrest is the product of an investigation into the two armed robberies. They say the investigation was aided by photographic evidence obtained from the store’s security camera system, as well as by citizens in the community, some of which are directly associated with Neighborhood Grocery.
Chief Boedigheimer said the investigation was largely completed by his department, and the arrest was accomplished with major assistance from the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team of Umatilla & Morrow Counties. After his arrest, Burnett was taken to the Milton-Freewater Police Department for initial processing and later transported to the Umatilla County Jail. He is presently lodged on two counts of robbery in the second degree and is held under a $500,000 bail.
“Robbery in the second degree is an Oregon Measure 11 crime,” Chief Boedigheimer said in his statement. Under Measure 11, the crime carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 70 months if convicted.
Brandon is has worked in journalism and media for over a decade in various capacities. The highlights of his career include documenting the evolution of queer culture in the American south, and covering politics and government on the Texas border. Brandon lives in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.