Donald George Rice
Photo courtesy of the Coos County Sheriff's Office

COOS BAY — An elderly man was arrested after breaking into a Coos Bay couple’s car while it was parked in the garage.

Donald George Rice is charged with burglary in the first degree, unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

On July 30, Rice broke into a Chevrolet pickup in the driveway outside the victim’s residence, according to court documents.

Inside the Chevy was a garage door opener, which Rice used to get into the garage and proceeded to get into a Toyota Camry.

While inside, Rice looked through closed compartments and pulled items out.

The victim entered the garage and pulled Rice out of the car, even though he had a seatbelt on, and took him to the ground.

Rice was restrained until police arrived and took him into custody.

According to court documents, Rice “was easily detained and taken into custody without incident.”

The 82-year-old told a Coos Bay police officer he would’ve stolen the car if he could’ve started it.

Rice has a lengthy criminal record, including charges that date back as far as 1959.

Since 2009, Rice has had a conviction each year.

If convicted of the burglary charge, Rice faces 41-45 months in prison. His bail is set at $100,000.

Rice’s plea hearing is set for Aug 28.

Reach Saphara Harrell at (541) 269-1222 ext. 239 or by email at saphara.harrell@theworldlink.com

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