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Man arrested for stealing $15K in gold necklaces

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Marshall Litten, 25, is accused of January jewelry theft at Cornelius Fred Meyer

MARSHALL LITTENA man who allegedly stole gold necklaces from the Cornelius Fred Meyer in January has been arrested by Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

On Jan. 19 at 4:43 p.m., deputies serving the City of Cornelius, were called to the Cornelius Fred Meyer store, according to Sgt. Bob Ray of the WCSO. A man had entered the jewelry department, smashed a display case, grabbed gold necklaces and run out of the store. Sheriff's deputies searched the area but did not locate the thief. The gold necklaces were valued at $15,666.

Deputies began working leads in the case, including the review of video surveillance footage. Deputies saw a booking photo of Marshall Litten, 25, following an arrest made by the Beaverton Police Department for robbery and "believed Mr. Litten was the suspect in the theft," Ray said. "The Sheriff's Office Forensics Science Unit processed physical evidence located at the store and confirmed Mr. Litten was the man responsible for the theft."

On Feb. 2, Litten was lodged in the Washington County Jail on the Beaverton Police robbery case. Last Friday, March 3, sheriff's deputies contacted Litten in the jail and charged him with First Degree Theft and Criminal Mischief charges pertaining to the theft at Fred Meyer. He is being held on $280,000 total bail.

Sheriff's deputies have recovered some of the jewelry and continue to search for the rest. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.