Man arrested after Roseburg crime spree

Sherman Lee Plale

Roseburg, Ore. – A man was arrested after allegedly victimizing several people during a bizarre crime spree in Roseburg.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said 42-year-old Myrtle Creek resident Sherman Lee Plale’s crime spree began when he walked into Lincare on Mulholland Drive with a knife.

Plale took an employee’s wallet then fled the business in a blue Ford Explorer.

Police said Plale drove to the 600 block of Amanda Street and broke into an unoccupied residence. He “ransacked” the home and stole a cordless drill. The Lincare employee’s wallet was later found at the home.

According to DSCO, Plale then forced his way into a neighboring home and pointed the cordless drill at two residents, a 68-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman. He took the couple’s keys to a 2006 Kia Sorento.

Plale took the Sorento and drove to Corvallis Avenue where he confronted a 49-year-old woman in her garage, according to deputies. Plale pointed a gun at the woman and forced her inside the home, demanding her keys to a car that was parked out front.

Deputies said Plale took the woman’s keys and left, fleeing in the original stolen Sorento, which was later found crashed into a tree down the road.

Plale was finally arrested near the Douglas County Fairgrounds after a Roseburg Police K-9 unit tracked him down.

DSCO said Plale was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on multiple charges, including robbery, kidnapping, burglary, theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon.

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