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"Plaid" robbery spree includes Woodstock store

It was a busy day for 24-year-old parolee Demarcus Yordell Vance, who stands accused of robbing five Plaid Pantry markets across the city on Monday, August 11.

His alleged crime spree began at 2:52 am, say the police – when he demanded and received money from the clerk at a Plaid Pantry store at 2010 N. Killingsworth Street, and then fled.

Second in line, at 9:30 am in Woodstock, was the Plaid Pantry at 5146 S.E. Holgate Boulevard, at the corner of 52nd, when a man of the same description robbed the store.

“East Precinct officers arrived, established a perimeter, and attempted to contain the suspect,” said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. “A K-9 unit responded, but was unsuccessful in locating the suspect.”

Photo Credit: MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Police accuse 24-year-old Demarcus Yordell Vance of committing five Plaid Pantry market robberies in 24 hours. Well, that may have been because he was already on the road back north – at 10:50 am North Precinct officers responded to a robbery call at the Plaid Pantry at 7144 N.E. Killingsworth Street. It was a holdup by a person of the same description.

After, perhaps, an extended break for lunch, at 5:48 pm the suspect struck again: Officers were called to the Plaid Pantry at 6510 N. Greeley Avenue, where the bandit fled with money and items taken from the store.

After this robbery, Simpson mused to reporters, “The Police Bureau is exploring the possibility that these robberies are related to other similar robberies which have been reported.” Finally, on August 12, at just one minute past midnight, officers responded to a holdup at a Plaid Pantry store at 1715 N.E. 16th Avenue.

“Officers located a stolen vehicle possibly associated with the robbery, and attempted to stop it,” Simpson said. “The vehicle fled, and officers pursued it.”

The bandit abandoned the car in the area of N.E. 96th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard; but officers, with the help of a police dog, this time captured him. “Officers recovered money taken in the robbery,” Simpson reported later that day.

Vance was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on August 12 at 4:54 am, on five counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and four additional charges.

Vance is currently housed at MCDC in lieu of $1,020,000 combined bail. There has been no explanation for the bandit’s apparent special interest in Plaid Pantry stores, but there is one other in Woodstock that he overlooked.