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Public Safety Alert: Car Thieves Use Deception Technique

October 16, 2021 16:08

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Suspects have begun using a deception technique to steal cars from drivers, and the Portland Police Bureau is releasing information about it in an attempt to help the public avoid being victimized.

This week there have been at least four incidents, all in Southeast Portland. The victims all describe between 2 and 4 male teenagers running up to their car yelling, sometimes banging on the vehicle. They frantically yell that something is wrong with the vehicle or something is hanging out of the back of the vehicle. When the victims get out to check, the suspects jump in the car and drive it away. The victims have all been female ranging in ages from 29 to 75 years old driving alone.

*Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at about 3:00p.m., a Ford Fusion was stolen from a 29-year-old female

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