DAMASCUS, Ore. - A neo-Nazi convict may be turning a new leaf after a woman he's accused of burglarizing got him to church.
Dale Alan Barton, 51, faces burglary charges stemming from two reports on March 18, and 19. Clackamas County deputies got detailed descriptions of the suspect and vehicle after the first incident reported by an alert neighbor. Deputies tracked the vehicle to Barton.
On March 19, a Damascus woman found a man sitting in a pickup truck parked at her home. Deputies said the woman confronted him, and he revealed several pieces of jewelry he had just stolen from the home, telling her a "sob story" and apologizing. She later called police, who matched the suspect description to Barton.
The woman told officers she advised him he needed to go to church and get his life together before he took off - only to show up at her church the next Sunday to give her back a stolen necklace. The woman also introduced him to her pastor for counseling.
Deputies later searched Barton's home on NE 162nd Ave, in Portland, where they said they found a stash of stolen goods, along with Nazi flags.
Barton has a criminal record in California, Colorado, Florida and Oregon. Deputies say he is member of the European Kindred and has numerous white supremacist and swastika tattoos.
Barton was set for arraignment Thursday.