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Traffic stop of speeding Mustang leads to arrest in Damerow Ford burglary

by: Submitted photo Robert L. Bourne

A Vancouver, Wash., man was linked to a burglary Thursday morning of the Damerow Ford dealership in Beaverton. The suspect was reportedly caught speeding in a stolen 2012 Shelby Mustang.

Robert Lawrence Bourne, 41, was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree burglary, burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal mischief and first-degree aggravated theft. He is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30.

Just after 7 a.m. Jan. 19, the Beaverton Police Department received a call regarding a burglary that had taken place overnight at Damerow Ford, 12325 S.W. Canyon Road. The caller reported every car key had been stolen in addition to a 2012 Shelby Mustang.

Upon arrival, officers learned the suspect had entered the business by breaking a window on a side bay door. The burglar reportedly ransacked a manager's office, kicked in a door and destroyed a desk.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Portland, Milwaukie police were investigating a case that came to their attention a couple hours earlier.

Just after 5 a.m., Milwaukie police stopped the driver of a 2012 Shelby Mustang who was reportedly speeding down the road in the sports car, which did not have license plates.

The suspect reportedly ran, but an officer captured Bourne a short distance away.

During the investigation, Milwaukie police found several dealer license plates and 220 car keys inside the stolen vehicle, which revealed the connection to the Damerow Ford burglary, said Officer Pam Yazzolino, Beaverton police spokeswoman.

Beaverton police detectives went to assist Milwaukie police with the investigation.

"It appears all items taken in the Damerow burglary were recovered, and the $58,000 Shelby Mustang was not damaged," Yazzolino said.

Detectives recovered 220 separate keys, each of which has its own microchip that corresponds to one particular vehicle, she added.

"If the keys had not been recovered, each car would have needed to be rekeyed, costing Damerow Ford over $100,000 in replacement costs," Yazzolino said.




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