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Theft suspect, hard to catch, was released without bail

Joshua B. Christoffersen, 40, faces charges of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamines. (Photo courtesy of Malheur County Sheriff's Office)

VALE – It took a day and a half for law enforcement from three agencies to locate Joshua B. Christoffersen and only three minutes and 30 seconds for the Malheur County Circuit Court to release him last week.

Christoffersen, 40, of Caldwell, is the suspect in a botched burglary out of Harper in the early hours of New Year’s Eve. A convicted felon in Idaho, Christoffersen was being held at the Malheur County Jail on charges of first-degree aggravated theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

A day after he was captured by deputies in a manhunt over the New Year holiday, Christoffersen was released following . . .