Lake Oswego woman caught in the act while stealing from West Linn school
Lake Oswego woman arrested for trying to steal computers, other electronics from Bolton Primary School
A Lake Oswego woman is in jail facing burglary, theft and drug charges after allegedly trying to steal thousands of dollars in electronics from a West Linn school.
Christine Ann Grant, 31, is accused of trying to steal a television, 21 laptop computers, 35 digital cameras, two video cameras, 24 power supplies and a media viewer, among other items. She was lodged at Clackamas County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree aggravated theft and methamphetamine possession with bail set at $45,000.
She was scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
West Linn Police Sgt. Neil Hennelly said she was arrested after Officers Taylor Neil and Mike Francis and others responded to an alarm at Bolton Primary School just after 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Police arrived at the building to find a woman wheeling a 50-inch flat-screen TV on a hand truck outside, where a car was parked alongside the school, located at 5933 Holmes St.
Although she initially identified herself as a teacher, that story crumbled after Francis, who is West Linn's school resource officer but working a night shift during summer break, said he would try to verify Grant's status with the district. She then admitted she was not a teacher, according to police.
'It was a lucky break for us that Mike Francis, our school cop, happened to be working nights because it's summer,' Hennelly said. 'Her story of being a teacher didn't pan out.'
After that, he said, officers found another cart near Grant's car loaded with electronic equipment; they also found a bag by an exit door packed with computers labeled as Bolton Primary School property.
It appeared the burglar climbed into the school through a window, Hennelly said. 'There was no indication of a second person in the building.'
The building was cleared with help from a K-9 team handled by Clackamas County sheriff's deputies. Lake Oswego police also assisted with the case.
'It's how it's supposed to work,' Hennelly said. 'It was great teamwork on our guys' part and outside agencies and with the alarm company.'
According to alarm company Sonitrol Pacific's website, after an alarm is triggered, Sonitrol operators work to verify a break-in is indeed occurring by listening in and watching surveillance footage recorded in buildings equipped with their systems.
In Bolton Primary's case, monitoring operator Joe Orsborn received an alert just after 2 a.m. and began to listen to what was happening inside of the school, the company's website states: 'Initially, he only heard the HVAC unit when listening to the audio security sensors, but soon heard sounds of movement and dispatched West Linn police.'