Cops: Man admits stealing coats for ‘sexual gratification’

Police said Mark Mahoney, 51, stole 11 coats since 2015

Mark Mahoney, 51. admitted to stealing high-end coats from students at Central Oregon Community College for 'sexual gratification.' (Courtesy: Google and Bend Police (mug))

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An alleged serial coat thief admitted on Nov. 8 to stealing 10 high-end winter coats since 2015 for “sexual gratification,” the Bend Police Department said in a report.

Mark Mahoney, 51, of Southeast Bend was arrested and lodged in Deschutes County Jail on 3 counts of second-degree theft and 2 counts of second-degree mischief.

Police said a student reported a coat was stolen from Bend’s Central Oregon Community College Barber Library on Nov. 7. Bend Police then went to the campus safety department, where they learned campus safety had conducted an independent investigation into a string of coat thefts and identified Mahoney as a suspect in March.

The next day, police said they went to Mahoney’s house, where Mahoney admitted to stealing the coats. They found several coats in his car and house. Police said they learned about the 10 stolen coats from COCC and one more stolen from OSU-Cascades. Police also learned Mahoney stole from one woman at the library on 2 different occasions.

Bend police are asking the public to call if they had a similar theft at COCC Barber Library or OSU-Cascades. Please contact 541.693.6911 if you have any information about this case.