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Anonymous tip leads to alleged burglar’s arrest


A suspected burglar was arrested after police found him trying to hide his identity with a wig.

On Saturday, April 20, the Rockaway Beach Police Department collaborated with officers from the Manzanita Department of Public Safety to locate and arrest Miguel Neto.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Neto regarding burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges stemming from an incident in Garibaldi. Local law enforcement agencies had been working to locate Neto for the past few weeks.

An anonymous tip from a citizen alerted officers to a vehicle Neto was traveling in on Highway 101. As the vehicle was southbound in Rockaway Beach, it was stopped and Neto was identified as the passenger despite using a wig to hide his identity, according to police.

Neto reportedly attempted to run from the vehicle by climbing out the driver side window, but was taken into custody after allegedly resisting arrest. A Manzanita officer responded to the scene in Rockaway to assist. During a search, Neto was allegedly found to be in possession of meth and drug-related paraphernalia.

Neto was lodged in the Tillamook County jail on warrants for second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, and second-degree criminal mischief. He was also charged with second-degree escape, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of meth and unlawful delivery of meth.

Rockaway Police thanked the Manzanita Department of Public Safety for their quick response as well as the citizens and visitors of Rockaway Beach. Several people reportedly either stopped their vehicles or came out of their homes to assist while this event unfolded near and in the highway.

In March, Tillamook County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Neto in the Beaver area after calling for the assistance of a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office K-9. Tracking Neto for around an hour, the K-9 found him hiding on a steep wooded hillside. He was charged with a probation violation, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, eluding a police officer, and reckless endangering.