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Transient juvenile car prowler caught

Washington County Sheriff's deputies caught a juvenile transient who was burglarizing unlocked cars in the Aloha area early Sunday.

Zachariah T. Cordova, 17, was turned over to juvenile authorities. Six victims have been identified and their belongings have been returned.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, at around 5:00 a.m. on Dec. 14, deputies were called to the community of Aloha regarding a man who was chasing a juvenile suspect he had caught rummaging through his car. The man's wife reported that her husband was pursuing the suspect from their house in the 7000 block of Southwest 181st Place.

Numerous deputies responded to the scene and were assisted by a K9 unit from the Hillsboro Police Department. A dog was used to track the suspect, and eventually a deputy found him sleeping under a tree in nearby Granada Park, located at 18100 S.W. Bany Rd. He had a back pack with him full of belongings from numerous car break-in's over night.

Deputies were able to find four victims by searching the neighborhood for cars that looked like they had had been ransacked. Two additional victims called in later in the morning. None of the cars Cordova ransacked had their doors locked.

Some of the recovered items were a GPS unit, a wireless speaker, sunglasses, digital cameras, and phone charging cables along with small amounts of cash.

Deputies returned as many items as they could to the victims they identified today.

The WCSO says that if someone went through your car overnight and you have not reported it, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

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