Man on 'meth binge' arrested for rash of Happy Valley thefts
This story has been updated
Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a theft spree that had plagued Happy Valley in recent weeks.
At 1:41 a.m., Clackamas County deputies contracted to Happy Valley spotted a suspect vehicle in the recent rash of four stolen cars and over 30 thefts in several Happy Valley neighborhoods.
Deputies pulled over the vehicle driven by Dylan Leif Young, 20, who is now linked to the thefts.
Deputies said they spotted several tools and duffel bags in the car, along with knives and drug paraphernalia. A drug dog, Urban of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, alerted on the vehicle.
Then searching the car, deputies found identification cards belonging to multiple Happy Valley residents, stolen tools, heroin, meth, an Airsoft replica gun, knives, five cell phones and six garage door openers.
Young reportedly told deputies he'd been on a two-week meth binge and had been driving to Happy Valley several nights a week to look for items and vehicles to steal. He further told deputies he had been searching for unlocked cars, taking whatever he could, and entering garages opened using the various garage-door openers in his possession.
Happy Valley authorities are currently going through theft reports over the last two weeks to connect recovered property with owners. Several victims have already been contacted.
"We dedicated significant resources to these cases over the last couple weeks," said Happy Valley Police Chief Scott Anderson, who had written extensively about the case on the Happy Valley PD Facebook page. "This included crime analysis, detective work, stakeouts, and our patrol folks taking reports and chasing leads. One of the key pieces that helped us make the arrest was a canvas of one neighborhood in which we discovered video surveillance that revealed the suspect vehicle. This was a key break in the case."
Young was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on charges including burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and heroin possession. Bail was set at $52,500. This investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges.
Anyone with information on Young or his alleged crimes is urged to call 503-723-4949 or use the online tip form referencing CCSO Case #18-004619.
This story has been updated to reflect the fact that police say they are no longer seeking an accomplice in this case.