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Deputies seek burglar behind smash-and-grabs

Aloha businesses targeted during the early morning hours


Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a prolific burglar they believe broke into dozens of small businesses around Aloha since the Thanksgiving holiday period.

On Thursday morning, Dec. 26, around 5:25 a.m., deputies responded to a business burglary alarm at 19530 S.W. Shaw Street at Clarkes Discount Inc. in Aloha. Deputies found the front glass door of the business had been smashed, allowing the suspect access to the building.

Deputies responded to another business burglary alarm at 5:43 a.m. at 5990 S.W. 185th Avenue, suite F, at Indoor Hydroponics. The front glass door was shattered and items inside were in disarray. Deputies searched the area and found a fourth victim business at 5990 S.W. 185th Avenue, suite D, at La Morenita. That business’ front glass door was shattered, but because the glass remained in the door frame, entry was not made, said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff’s office spokesman.

At 5:54 a.m., a deputy was searching for additional victims and found a large industrial garage door at 19040 S.W. Shaw Street had been smashed in by a vehicle, allowing access to Factory Motor Parts, a wholesale auto parts distributor. The cash drawer area was ransacked.

These “smash and grab”-type crimes have significantly increased recently, Ray said, with the method being used in dozens of burglaries that started before Thanksgiving. The burglaries have occurred along the main business roadways from Hillsboro to Newberg. While the type of businesses and methods are very similar, investigators have not been able to conclusively connect them.

Sheriff’s office officials are concerned with the suspect’s behavior, as it appears to be escalating, possibly displaying signs of desperation and frustration at the small amounts of cash stolen. Detectives are seeking the public’s help regarding this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2500.




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