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Police arrest man in connection with Christmas Eve burglaries

by: Contributed photo Daniel Johnson Jr.

Gresham police arrested a Corbett man wanted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for the alleged burglary of his father's valuable coin collection and about 50 to 60 pounds of silver and jewelry.

Gresham police arrested Daniel Johnson Jr., 27, for possession of methamphetamine Tuesday, Jan. 24. The sheriff's office learned about the arrest and then charged Johnson Jr. with burglary and aggravated theft.

Johnson Jr. was released from the Multnomah County Detention Center pending trial.

Johnson Jr. and two other suspects allegedly broke into a shop next to his father's residence in Corbett sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning and took numerous tools and two safes, which contained silver and jewelry, as well as a collection of historic coins worth $9,000, including at least 500 Buffalo nickels.

Police were able to recover most of the silver and jewelry from a suspect and from pawnshops.

The suspect deposited about $2,000 worth of nickels into a Coinstar machine at a Safeway in Gresham and received about $450, said sheriff's office Detective Ken Yohe. The suspect then took the $7,000 worth of silver quarters and dimes, which were not accepted by the machine, to Bank of America, Yohe said.

Yohe said the suspect's father, Dan Johnson Sr., and police were able to recover the coins from the Coinstar machine. He said Bank of America is trying to recover the silver quarters and dimes.




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