Prolific Shoplifter Among 14 Arrested During North Precinct Retail Theft Mission (Photo)

May 25, 2024 22:09


Another retail theft mission has resulted in numerous arrests, including one prolific shoplifter who had active warrants in previous theft cases.

On Friday, May 24th, 2024, officers assigned to North Precinct, K9 Unit, and Air Support Unit conducted a retail theft mission, which is part of an ongoing effort to address organized retail theft and other associated crimes. During the mission period, officers focused on the Cascade Station Shopping Center in collaboration with retail partners. The mission resulted in 14 people arrested and clearance of 16 warrants.

One woman, Pamala R. McIntosh, AKA Pamala Fleming-Parton, 41, was arrested at the Old Navy store on six outstanding warrants, all for Theft in the First, Second, and Third Degrees, out of Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties. She also has nine pending theft cases.

Retail theft missions work directly with our retail partners to identify, apprehend, and work toward prosecution of these offenders. Following each retail theft missions officers conduct follow up and work closely with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) to ensure prosecution on these cases.

Retail theft is often more than just shoplifting items for personal use. Many suspects are involved in organized theft rings, which steal items that can easily be sold for cash on the secondary market or returned to stores for a “refund.” Returning or attempting to return stolen property, no matter the value, is a class-C felony ( ).

In many cases, these individuals are involved in criminal activity that extends far beyond retail theft, including illegally possessed guns, drug possession and distribution, vehicle theft, and more. Additionally, disrupting theft preserves the viability of retail businesses that serve the Portland community. Therefore, these missions go a long way in improving livability across the area. Mission commanders analyze theft and other crime data to focus their missions on the neighborhoods most impacted by these crimes, which are often large retail shopping complexes. PPB recognizes that smaller local businesses are also impacted by retail theft and it is our belief and goal that arresting and holding prolific thieves accountable will help reduce these crimes for the entire business community.

PPB is grateful to our partners and MCDA Retail Theft Task Force for their collaboration aimed at addressing retail theft in the Portland Metropolitan area.

To learn more, join us for a video ride-along on one of PPB’s recent retail theft missions here:

Mission statistics:
1-Felony Charges
9-Misdemeanor Charges
8-Felony Warrants
8-Misdemeanor Warrants
2-Traffic stops
2-Vehicles Towed
1-Vehicle Elude
2-Citations issued

Photo description:
1-Female suspect in black sweatshirt in handcuffs being interviewed by two officers, by a red shopping cart
2-Man wearing neon green sweatshirt is in handcuffs, being escorted by a police sergeant
3-Woman in blue shirt in handcuffs in front of a police vehicle
4-A man in handcuffs being searched incident to arrest by police officers in front of a police vehicle with flashing lights
5-Woman in a red shirt under black vest in handcuffs in front of Marshalls
6-Prolific shoplifter Pamala McIntosh, wearing a plaid shirt, in handcuffs, being searched by officers in front of Old Navy



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