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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Portland police make arrest in series of car burglaries

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of car burglaries at the Northshore 8 Cinema. He has been charged with theft of a firearm (2 counts); a burglary of a vehicle charge is pending.

For months, someone had been breaking into cars in the parking lot at the Northshore 8 Cinema. Portland police were certain it was the same person or persons, but with no arrest made and the burglaries continuing, police decided to stage multiple surveillances at the theater from points above and at ground level. In mid-January, they caught a break. 

An officer surveilling the parking lot saw a suspicious-looking SUV being driven slowly from the back of the lot. She called for support to stop the vehicle. While officers and detectives seized two firearms, along with other items, they couldn’t make an arrest because there was no evidence of burglaries at the theater that night. 

But they did have the guns. Running them through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) database, Portland police located the owner and discovered that the guns had been stolen from his truck on the same night the suspect was stopped. The truck had been parked at the Northshore theater. 

That gave police what they needed to make an arrest. Police continue to work to strengthen the case against this suspect and are looking into the possibility that other people may have been involved. 

While this series of burglaries may have come to an end, theft from a vehicle is often a crime of opportunity. Residents should remember to keep valuables out of sight and to lock car doors and windows.

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