1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 13, 2004 00:00
Since March, burglars have been entering homes under construction and taking the appliances. This usually takes place in the afternoon and evening hours, after workers have left the job site. In most cases all the newly installed or delivered appliances have been removed. This includes stoves, ovens, microwaves, washers, dryers, and refrigerators. When owners or contractors return to the property, the burglary is discovered.
In some cases there were signs of forced entry. In other cases there was no obvious sign of entry. Officers who took initial reports spoke to people who recall seeing a newer, box type, white van in the area. The van has no windows on the sides. There is no license plate information and no description of any suspects.
As some of the appliances are quite large, it is possible there is more than one person committing these crimes. Many of the burglaries have taken place in southeast Portland, but a few have happened in north and northeast.
Detectives would like information from anyone with knowledge of these burglaries. They would be interested in hearing from anyone who knows of a person with new appliances for sale or trade, under suspicious circumstances. Detectives ask anyone who lives where new houses are being built, to report suspicious activity after hours, particularly involving a white van.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
**33-year-old Scoty Burris was arrested in connection with this case.**
Sgt. Pete Simpson