by: contributed photo, Manuel Ivan Ortiz Ramirez

A suspected cat burglar accused of prowling through about a dozen homes in Gresham and Troutdale, also allegedly exposed himself to a woman who confronted him during a burglary.

Manuel Ivan Ortiz Ramirez, 20, of Gresham is being held on $450,000 bail at the Justice Center Jail on charges of private indecency, eight counts of first-degree burglary, five counts of second-degree theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree attempted burglary and two counts of first-degree theft.

Gresham and Troutdale police arrested Ortiz Ramirez during a traffic stop at Southeast 257th Avenue and Stark Street at 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, said Officer Grant McCormick, Gresham police spokesman.

The man is a suspect in more than a dozen burglaries in Gresham and Troutdale between Saturday, July 15, and Thursday, Aug. 10, McCormick said.

He allegedly entered occupied homes early in the morning by removing a screen from an open window. Once inside, the suspect stole wallets and purses, cash, cellular phones, laptop computers and other portable items.

McCormick also said the private indecency charge stemmed from a Friday, July 21, burglary in the 1100 block of Northeast Greenway Drive. A woman in her late 50s from Arizona was visiting a Gresham resident when she confronted the burglar, and he exposed himself to her and fled, McCormick said.

Private indecency is defined as a criminal offense in which a perpetrator exposes his or her genitals with the intent to arouse himself or others in a private setting.

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