'Pot shop' burglars busted near Ross Island Bridge
A clean getaway is what they wanted; they failed completely
A burglar alarm early on Thanksgiving Day brought Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Central Precinct officers to the "Allied Patient Care Dispensary", a marijuana retailer located near the eastern foot of the Ross Island Bridge, at 729 S.E. Powell Boulevard.
When officers pulled up the building at 4:16 a.m., they saw three suspects running from the business.
"One suspect was apprehended quickly, while the other two suspects hid in the neighborhood," reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "A Canine Unit from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to assist with the search; the two outstanding suspects were located and taken into custody without incident."
The burglars had anticipated a fast get-away, officers learned – when they located a van, with the engine running, parked right across the street from the dispensary. "Inside the van, officers observed marijuana plants and a rifle; the van and contents were seized as evidence," said Simpson.
23-year-old Joshua Nathan Nice was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 6:58 a.m. that morning on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the Second Degree. Additionally, Nice had an outstanding parole violation warrant.
During his arraignment the following day, the judge dropped the conspiracy charge, but upheld held the count of burglary, and assigned $5,000 bail. But Nice remains in custody at Inverness Jail on the outstanding parole violation warrant.
23-year-old Winston Oscar Mcleod was booked into MCDC at 11:56 a.m. on two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for Driving While Suspended. At his arraignment on November 25, the judge released Mcleod without posting bail on a Pre-Trial Supervision Program.
Also booked, on two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, was 26-year-old Seth Laban Williams, who was also processed into MCDC at 11:56 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Williams, too, was freed by the judge without posting bail on November 25 in the Pretrial Services Program.