Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes
Date: April 7, 2021
Location: 18000 block of Pinehurst Rd.
On March 27, 2021 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of criminal mischief to the new pipeline belonging to the Tumalo Irrigation District. Deputies and detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are currently conducting an investigation into the vandalism of the irrigation pipeline.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the person or persons responsible for the damage to the pipe.
If you have information please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911 reference case number 21-15441.
See the below statement from the Tumalo Irrigation District regarding a reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Tumalo Irrigation District Offers Reward Following Pipe Vandalism
Tumalo Irrigation District is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction after its new pipeline near Pinehurst Road was recently found to have been vandalized. During final inspections and testing of the new pipeline, it was discovered that multiple holes were intentionally and unlawfully drilled into the pipeline. It is believed that between January 6th and 13th the vandal climbed into the then open trench and drilled multiple holes in the 36” polyethylene pipeline.
The pipeline is part of a state and federally funded system improvement project intended to leave more water in area streams and rivers while providing farmers with pressurized, more reliable water for crops.
The irrigation district is working with its contractors and engineers as quickly as it can to repair the damaged pipeline so water can be delivered to farmers later this month. The estimated cost to repair the damage is $125,000 to $250,000. After the repairs are completed, the irrigation district and its engineers will determine whether the repairs are sufficient or if the damaged section of pipeline will need to be replaced entirely.
The irrigation district which has been in existence for over 100 years, provides water to 684 patrons that irrigate 7,350 acres of land to grow a variety of crops and dairy products.