1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
August 19, 2004 00:00
While talking to the children, the officer remembered hearing them described as possible suspects in a recent burglary to a residence in the same neighborhood. The officer transported the children, who are siblings, to Southeast Precinct.
Further investigation revealed that these children had done more than swiped some candy. Detectives identified the three children as suspects in as many as fifteen residential burglaries over the past few months. Detectives also believe the children rode MAX to other parts of town and possibly to other cities where they committed additional burglaries.
From information learned during the investigation, detectives believe the children entered homes through open windows or unlocked doors taking small items such as money, cameras, purses and other things they could easily carry. If confronted they would claim to be looking for a friend to play with or say that they were just trying to find cans to recycle.
The children have been taken into protective custody. A hearing was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. State law prohibits the Police Bureau from identifying children taken into protective custody. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Southeast Precinct Detectives Division at (503) 823-2143.
This investigation is continuing.
Sgt. Pete Simpson