September 29, 2020 18:08
Since July 1, 2020, there have been at least 14 stolen vehicles recovered within a four block radius of the 3700 block of Southeast Oak Street. Additionally, there have been significant calls for service, to include weapons calls, disturbances, unwanted persons, and vice calls. Today, The Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) with the help of Central Patrol Officers and Central Public Safety Support Specialists conducted a targeted enforcement mission to address stolen vehicles in the area. During the mission, officers recovered a stolen truck after it was observed dropping items off at a camp on Southeast Oak Street. The driver, 40-year-old Lance Lesher, was subsequently arrested and lodged for Distribution and Possession of Heroin, Elude by Foot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and three counts of Identity Theft. Additionally, a stolen bicycle was recovered in the truck's bed.
Officers then contacted the subjects in the camp on Southeast Oak Street and recovered at least three stolen bicycles and other stolen property including stolen packages. Upon attempting to return one of the packages to the owner at their address in the 4100 Block of Southeast Yamhill Street, officers learned they had been the victims of a burglary to a storage pod overnight and a significant amount of property was taken. They provided a list of stolen items and officers recognized the items as having been at the camp. Officers were able to recover the stolen items and return them to the owners, who were set to move on September 30th. In all, $7800 in stolen property was returned to the burglary victims.
Overall, close to $10,000 in stolen property was seized and/or returned to the owners, and 5g of heroin and $128.00 were seized as evidence.
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