1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
May 01, 2003 00:00
On Friday, May 2, 2003, at 11:30 a.m. on the 14th floor of the Justice Center, Chief Mark Kroeker and Assistant Chief Andrew Kirkland will announce the results of an ongoing Portland Police Bureau investigation into identity theft. This investigation was a joint operation between Police Bureau's Detective Division, Drugs and Vice Division, Tactical Operation Division's Rapid Response Team (RRT) and Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT). The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted the Portland Police Bureau with firearm investigations.
The investigation began in October 2002 and ended in February 2003. Investigators uncovered stolen identification, financial records, firearms, narcotics, credit cards and checks, DMV records, counterfeit currency, and financial dossiers on 3,274 individuals.
Chief Kroeker said, We've seen an increase in identity theft cases from 1,769 in 2000 to 5,136 in 2002. These are complex cases to investigate, so we need to continue to encourage community members to protect their financial and personal information.
Assistant Chief Andrew Kirkland said, The Bureau continues to indict, charge and arrest the fugitives associated with this investigation. We will continue to conduct follow up interviews with potential victims. The individuals and their credit histories may have been compromised.
An Identity Theft brochure with its prevention tips and a fact sheet containing the description of the charges and the number of counts at this time are available to media.
Sgt. Pete Simpson