Multi-Agency Stolen Vehicle Operation Yields Positive Results (Photo)

April 18, 2024 13:59


A multi-agency stolen vehicle operation resulted in the recovery of multiple stolen vehicles and guns.

On Saturday, April 13, 2024, officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct ran a multi-agency stolen vehicle operation with assistance from PPB’s K9 and Air Support Units, the Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Auto Theft Task Force, and Parole & Probation. The Vancouver Police Department also conducted a SVO and collaborated with PPB for when vehicles eluded across the river.

The mission resulted in the recovery of eight stolen vehicles. In addition, six people were arrested. Three vehicles eluded police and three vehicle pursuits were initiated. This resulted in successful captures. The three vehicles were all stolen and two of the vehicles had guns in them. One of the guns was confirmed stolen from a residential burglary. This firearm was found in a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Emirra R. Barker. She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges:

Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Theft in the First Degree
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Elude by Vehicle
Elude on Foot
Recklessly Endangering Another Person (two counts)
Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Reckless Driving

The crowdsourced Facebook group, PDX Stolen Cars, helped locate and recover 4 unoccupied stolen vehicles. This is the 15th SVO that the PDX Stolen Cars group has assisted on. This has resulted in the recovery of 35 stolen vehicles.

The SVO utilizes data-driven, evidence-based practices and collaborates with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute scientists. This operation yielded a low ratio of one stolen vehicle located out of every 2 traffic stops/encounters (1:2).

Below are the initial results from the April 13th multi-agency SVO:

15 traffic stops/encounters
8 stolen vehicles
6 custodies
3 vehicles eluded (all 3 captured/all 3 stolen)
3 vehicle pursuits
2 vehicles towed

At the midpoint of the SVO, the entire team transitioned and assisted on a street takeover mission. Officers helped with taking multiple people into custody, the towing of participant vehicles, as well as the forfeiture of vehicles.

Impressive Decreasing Trend in Stolen Vehicles

Over the last 11 months, stolen vehicle operations have consistently delivered results in reducing vehicle theft rates. In February 2023, there were 802 vehicles reported stolen. In February 2024, it was 420 for a 48% decrease.

April 2023: 24.4% decrease compared to the previous year (892 to 674)
May 2023 : 23.7% decrease compared to the previous year (849 to 648)
June 2023: 26.7% decrease compared to the previous year (829 to 607)
July 2023: 29.7% decrease compared to the previous year (862 to 606)
August 2023: 35.3% decrease compared to the previous year (939 to 608)
September 2023: 25.5% decrease compared to the previous year (861 to 644)
October 2023: 36.6% decrease compared to the previous year (931 to 590)
November 2023: 44% decrease compared to the previous year (966 to 538)
December 2023: 42% decrease compared to the previous year (895 to 523)
January 2024: 56% decrease compared to the previous year (984 to 437)
February 2024: 48% decrease compared to the previous year (802 to 420)

There are a lot of factors that go into crime trends, but enforcement efforts driven by data analysis, efficient use of limited resources, and interagency partnerships have been key factors in the reduction in car thefts in Portland. Car thefts are extremely impactful for victims, especially those who rely on their vehicles for their livelihoods. Stolen vehicles are often used by suspects in other crimes including robberies and shootings. Interdicting those occupied stolen cars can prevent other crimes.

For more on East Precinct’s innovative use of data, to make fewer stops, resulting in better outcomes, visit:

Photo description: Roll call
Photo description: Damaged ignition
Photo description: Vehicle stop
Photo description: Suspect
Photo description: Gun



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