1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
September 15, 2004 00:00
38-year-old Herbert Wayne Marambe has a felony warrant for his arrest in Multnomah County for Theft I. He has a Theft II warrant in Washington County.
Marambe is known to write fraudulent cashiers checks that look real, but are found to be worthless when victims try to utter them at a bank. By then, of course, Marambe has disappeared with property such as jewelry, electronic equipment, and even vehicles. He tends to leave his victims with the checks after banks have closed giving him time to get away.
Marambe is well dressed and can be quite personable. He seems trustworthy to his victims and provides real identification and has allowed himself to be photographed. He may even spend a considerable amount of time with them gaining their favor. All of this is part of his elaborate scam which is completed when he exchanges the item of value for the worthless check.
Marambe is a black male, about 5’10” and 220 pounds. He has had addresses in Southeast Portland. Detectives don’t know where he is now, but suspect he is still in the metro area and may still be committing his brand of theft.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
****This suspect was taken into custody by police on Sept 18, 2004***
Sgt. Pete Simpson