Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Hillsboro man and woman and recovered a stolen Mercedes-Benz sport-utility vehicle on Sunday after the owner reported it stolen and saw it drive past him on Southwest Kendall Lane in Aloha.

Deputies were called to the owner’s residence in the 19900 block of Southwest Kendall Lane on Sunday at 7:57 a.m. concerning a stolen 2002 Mercedes SUV. They were searching for the vehicle when the owner called the sheriff’s office at 10:37 a.m. to report the vehicle drove past and provide the direction it was traveling, said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Deputies quickly located the stolen vehicle and contacted a nearby citizen. The witness told deputies a male and female exited the vehicle and began quickly walking away. The witness provided a detailed description of the pair, spotted in the same neighborhood where the vehicle was stolen.

Deputies located James Alexander Holt, 20, of Hillsboro, soon after, identified him as the driver of the stolen Mercedes and took him into custody. As the investigation continued, Holt was found to have numerous items that appear to have been stolen from vehicles that had been broken into.

Deputies responded to a local hotel and contacted Ramona Culton-Corella, 32, of Hillsboro. Identified as the passenger in the stolen vehicle, she was taken into custody, Ray said.

Holt was lodged in the Washington County Jail on accusations of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. He is being held pending $20,000 bail.

Investigators believe Holt may be responsible for breaking into numerous vehicles and stealing property. Some of the vehicles were left unlocked, making them vulnerable to thieves, Ray said.

Culton-Corella was lodged in the Washington County Jail on accusations of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She is being held pending $20,000 bail.

Ray reminds citizens to double check their vehicles are locked and remove all valuables.

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