Burglar foiled by neighbors, aunt

A K-9 track and tips from neighbors lead police to their 21-year-old burglary suspect

Forest Grove Police arrested a 21-year old man Sunday night for robbery following a chase through the neighborhood where he lives.

Police were first called to the site of a burglary on the 2000 block of C Street, in Forest Grove at 7:20 p.m. Sunday night.

The residents said items were missing from tussled cupboards and a purse. Police used a dog to track the scent of the thief away from the house when they ran across another home that had been broken into.

Residents of a home on the 1600 block of 21st Avenue said a young man had just entered their house. When they confronted him, he left.

"He came in through the front door," said Mike Herb spokesman for the Forest Grove Police Department.

Police noticed some folded dollar bills on the ground near the home and recognized they were on the right trail.

Then a woman called to report that her nephew may be the man police were looking for: 21-year-old Jordan Alan Gamroth.

"A couple of people had referenced seeing this guy in the neighborhood," Herb said. "Once they identified who he was, they set out to look for him in locations that they knew he might be hanging out at."

A Cornelius Police officer, familiar with Gamroth from other police work, managed to get the man on the phone and determine he was holed up at a house on the 2300 block of A Street.

Police knocked on the door, and were greeted by a woman who ran away from them calling Gamroth's name.

Gamroth ran out the back door and hopped a fence.

Police followed Gamroth and caught up with him, but he wasn't cooperating. Herb said police were able to apprehend him using a small amount of force around 9:45 p.m..

Gamroth was booked in the Washington County Jail on charges of robbery and for a parole violation. When Gamroth was 19, he was arrested for burglary, according to police records.