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Deputies arrest man accused of dumping double-wide in Cornelius school parking lot

Derek Conley booking photo and photo of double-wide courtesy Washington County Sheriff's Office

CORNELIUS, Ore. – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested the man who dumped half of a mobile home in the parking lot of an elementary school Monday night.

Deputies began investigating the incident when half of a mobile home was found abandoned in the parking lot of Echo Shaw Elementary School Saturday.

On Monday, investigators said they used a tow truck to remove the double-wide and believed they knew who it belonged to.

In a release issued Tuesday morning, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said they received dozens of tips from the public about a Craigslist advertisement that was posted on Sept. 13 from a seller in Yamhill. The owner was offering to pay $1,000 to have a mobile home hauled away from his property.

Witnesses told deputies they saw a white truck towing the mobile home northbound on Highway 47 between Yamhill and Cornelius.

When deputies contacted the seller, the seller said a man responded to the ad and hauled away half the mobile home. Deputies confirmed this was the half that was found dumped at the school.

The man told the seller he would return for the second half. He said he planned to convert the mobile home into small housing units in Portland.

Monday night, the seller called deputies and said the man was returning to haul away the second half of the mobile home.

Deputies met the man on his property and arrested the suspect, 35-year-old Derek Conley, of Portland.

Conley was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, offensive littering, and an outstanding probation violation warrant for felon in possession of a firearm. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

Crews returned the half of the mobile home that was removed from the school to its original owner.

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