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An interrupted theft, gunshots and a wild chase is on in Malheur County

Ty Ingram, right, stands with friend and neighbor Benjamin Palmer, at the site where a thief dropped a John Deere tractor on Highway 20 in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve. (Submitted photo)

Ty Ingram was fast asleep in the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve when noise from his neighbor's unoccupied ranch jolted him awake.

At first Ingram couldn’t see anything as he looked out his bedroom window. A line of fir trees stands between his home and his neighbor.

None of Ingram’s five dogs were barking. But Ingram, a general contractor out of Harper, knew something was off.

Then he heard the sound of a vehicle, and caught a glimpse of someone driving his neighbor's four-wheel utility vehicle.

From his bathroom . . .