Crime Stoppers Featured Case #13-07: 'The Cane Bandit'

Crime Stoppers Featured Case #13-07: 'The Cane Bandit'

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April 19, 2013 15:42


The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who stole a woman's credit cards in Southeast Portland.

On Saturday March 30, 2013, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Portland Police officers from East Precinct contacted a woman who told police that her credit cards had been stolen.

The victim told police that earlier in the day, at approximately 4:00 p.m., she had been at the restaurant Casa Del Matador, located at 2424 East Burnside Street, when she realized that her credit cards were missing. The victim told police that only her credit cards were missing and that she did not know for sure how someone could have stolen them.

The victim told police that two women in the restaurant were acting obnoxious and moving from booth to booth, eventually sitting in a booth near the victim and her daughter.

Officers contacted the Casa Del Matador about the incident and asked that management review surveillance video from inside the restaurant to see if cameras caught someone stealing the victim's credit cards.

Several hours later the manager of Casa Del Matador called police and advised that the theft was caught on camera. The suspect used a walking cane to pick up the victim's purse and slide it over to where the suspect was seated. The suspect then stole items from the victim's purse then returned it using the cane.

The suspect is described as an African American woman, 5'7" tall and 350 pounds.

The suspect is associated with a white female, 5'3" tall, 100 pounds, with a bun in her hair.

Surveillance video of the theft is available for viewing at:

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