3 suspects named in burglary at Bend Sonic admits during polygraph

Authorities in March indicted one man and identified two additional suspects in the January burglary at Sonic restaurant on U.S. Highway 97 in Bend, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Bend police responded to reports of a burglary at Sonic on Jan. 31. The suspects had used a key to get into the building and removed a safe using a hand truck, according to police records. During the investigation officers found a hand truck near the scene and a key labeled “back door” that an investigator was able to use to open the back door to the restaurant. Investigators also found several pieces of a broken car taillight, according to an affidavit.

During the investigation, Sonic owner Stacy Parrot replayed a surveillance video of the burglary and observed a “very large man” believed to be James Clay Jr., 38, who had done maintenance at Sonic and was recently laid off, according to the affidavit. Clay’s wife, Tammy Clay, 44, was the manager at Sonic; she no longer works at the restaurant.

Detectives located James Clay at his home in the 2400 block of Wickiup Court in Bend, where he consented to a vehicle search. The search uncovered several sledge hammers, a large steel pry bar, methamphetamine, marijuana, a 3-inch rubber-banded stack of cash, a large jacket and overalls, according to the affidavit.

Bend Police Cpl. Adam Juhnke said he was able fit the pieces of broken taillight into a broken taillight on Clay’s car “like a puzzle.”

Clay consented to taking a polygraph test at the police station.

“Prior to the polygraph James Clay started crying and he confessed,” according to the affidavit.