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Police charge two men in string of Southeast Portland burglaries

The arrests end an investigation that started in May

Police have arrested William Schmidt, 21, and Kenneth Clampitt, 17, in connection with a recent rash of Southeast Portland burglaries.

Schmidt and Clampitt were arrested by Southeast Precinct detectives on Monday and are both charged with 10 counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and one count of first-degree attempted burglary.

The arrests end an investigation that began in May 2006 when detectives began to see an increase in daytime burglaries in the area of Southeast 66th to Southeast 70th avenues between Southeast Duke and Southeast Woodstock streets.

Detectives said they believed the burglaries were committed by the same suspect or suspects because of similarities in most cases, including the fact that the homes were needlessly damaged and only small, easily disposable items such as laptop computers were taken. The victims frequently arrived home to find that holes had been kicked in interior walls and, in some cases, graffiti had been spray painted on walls and doors.

Officers said they contacted Schmidt and Clampitt last Sunday night at about 9 p.m. when they saw them behaving suspiciously. An investigation led to the recovery of some of the property taken during the burglaries, police said.