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SWAT search recovers three trailers loaded with power tools

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Police find thousands of dollars worth of allegedly stolen tools.

GRESHAM POLICE - Detective Brandon Crate says '90 percent' of these tools are suspected to be stolen. They were found in three cargo trailers parked at 136 N.E. 202nd Ave. in Rockwood.The Gresham Police Department has recovered "thousands" of dollars worth of allegedly stolen power tools from a local residence. No one has been arrested.

POLICE PHOTO - Detective Brandon Crate says '90 percent' of these tools are suspected to be stolen. They were found in three cargo trailers parked at 136 N.E. 202nd Ave. in Rockwood.Gresham SWAT and uniformed police officers served a search warrant at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, at a home at 136 N.E. 202nd Ave. in the Rockwood neighborhood.

Detective Brandon Crate described the home as a "pawn shop," saying that during the six-hour search officers recovered three cargo trailers containing construction tools.

"We will definitely be pressing charges, we just have to figure out exactly what we have," he said in a phone interview.

"(The tools) are likely from some car prowls in the area," he explained.

"(They) were targeting specific work vans, construction vans and people doing drywall."

Crate said charges can't be filed until police identify owners of the allegedly stolen goods who are willing to testify in court.

In particular, Gresham Police want to find owners who may not have reported the theft of their tools.

POLICE PHOTO - Detective Brandon Crate says '90 percent' of these tools are suspected to be stolen. They were found in three cargo trailers parked at 136 N.E. 202nd Ave. in Rockwood.Many of the "high-dollar" tools — which include power drills and pressure washers — still have their serial numbers or other identifying marks.

If you have more information or believe you recognize your tools, please contact Gresham Detective Adam Wright at 503-618-2233.

GOOGLE PHOTO - 136 N.E. 202nd Avenue in June 2016, as shown by Google Street Views.