Beaverton police arrested a 32-year-old Beaverton man following a home invasion on Sunday afternoon.

Benjamin Thomas Hicks was lodged in the Washington County Jail on a first-degree burglary charge and could face additional charges in the ongoing investigation.

Beaverton police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at about 3 p.m. in a Southwest Chestnut Place home. The homeowner called 911 after he returned home to find items moved around inside and the rear glass slider door shattered. The homeowner believed he returned home while the burglary was in progress and startled the burglar(s). by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: WCSO - Hicks

Several officers arrived and observed a suspicious man walking near the Bi-Mart store at Southwest Western Avenue and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, a short distance away from the victim's home.

"The subject was carrying a full duffel bag, was under-dressed for rainy weather and appeared to be trying to avoid the police, who were converging in the area," said Sgt. Jim Shumway, Beaverton police spokesman. "The subject was contacted and spoke with the officer for a moment before he dropped the duffel bag and took off running."

The officer ran after the suspect and apprehended him a short distance away.

Once Hicks was in custody, Shumway said he cooperated with the investigation. Police seized the bag Hicks reportedly dropped and found items stolen from the nearby home.

"Police are investigating whether Hicks acted alone or had assistance in the burglary," Shumway said. "It is also unknown at this time if Hicks is responsible for additional burglaries."

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