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Teens arrested in string of vehicle break-ins

Pictures of stolen items displayed on sheriff's website


by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Pictures of the various items stolen in a series of vehicle ransackings in the Oak Hills neighborhood on Saturday are available on the Washington County Sheriff's Office website, WCSheriff-OR.com.Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies recovered a substantial amount of stolen property and arrested two teenagers on allegations of breaking into 21 cars and a garage in Beaverton's Oak Hills neighborhood on Saturday.

Deputies arrested Zachary Cole Voigt, 19, near his Beaverton residence, along with a 14-year-old whose name was not released.

A deputy spotted a vehicle whose driver was acting suspiciously on Saturday around 7:20 a.m. in a large church parking lot on Northwest Cornell Road and documented the vehicle license number when it left the lot. Noticing the driver left a number of items behind in the parking lot, the deputy requested additional deputies to locate the vehicle.

Examining the items led deputies to the Oak Hills neighborhood just north of Northwest Cornell Road, where they made contact with possible victims. They soon discovered multiple vehicles in Oak Hills had been ransacked with no visible signs of forced entry, said Bob Ray, sheriff's office spokesman.

Items stolen from the vehicles ranged from electronics and sunglasses to prescription medications, knives, sports equipment and clothing. The sheriff's office posted photos of the found items on its website, WCSheriff-OR.com, on Tuesday around noon.

Many of the stolen items were left in plain sight, and most of the vehicles were left unlocked.

It appears the suspects collected the stolen items and parked at the church to sort them, leaving the items they didn't want on the ground in the lot.

Voigt faces 13 counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree theft, Ray said. He is lodged in the Washington County Jail pending $50,000 bail. Additional allegations will likely be added as more victims identify their stolen property.

A second suspect, a 14-year-old male, was also arrested and turned over to the Juvenile Department for prosecution, Ray said.

Deputies remind residents to always lock their vehicles when they are unattended and remove valuable items or store them out of sight.



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