Upside down in Eastmoreland
by: Sergeant Rich Braskett,

Southeast Precinct Police Officers were called to the Albertson's market at S.E. 82nd and Gladstone on Thursday, July 6th, having received a report of someone trying to pass a stolen check.

When they got there the suspect was gone. Police contacted the owner of the account on which the forged check was drawn, and learned that their home had been broken into and their checkbook had been stolen. The victim and police then went back to the Albertson's, only to run into the suspect.

When the thief saw police, he jumped into his car and led officers on a circuitous chase to S.E. 28th and Woodstock Boulevard. That's where police say he hit a retaining wall shortly before 1:30 pm, and the car then rolled onto its top and caught fire. The flames were quickly extinguished, and no one was hurt.

The suspect, who was placed under arrest, was identified as a 35-year-old Portland man with a history of property crimes, Mark David Arnold. He was charged with Burglary in the First Degree, Identity Theft, Forgery in the First Degree, and Attempt to Elude a Police Officer.

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