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Columbia River Gorge theft and drug ring busted

Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Brian Peoples Four people were taken into custody in connection with an apparent theft and drug ring in the Columbia River Gorge.

Three were arrested by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office while breaking into vehicles parked near Angels Rest on the Columbia River Highway on Sept. 23.

Brian Peoples, 37, and Kristina Yurick, 42, were booked into Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges and outstanding arrest warrants. Chelsea Knight, 20, was later released without being charged at the time of the initial report.

Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Kristina YurickThe fourth was arrested after fleeing a hotel room as the MCSO and Troutdale Police Department were preparing to serve a warrant related to the investigation. Michael Llanos was taken into custody on outstanding arrest warrants and additional charges.

During the investigation, multiple persons returned from hiking in the area and reported their vehicles had been broken into. The search of the room at the Motel 6 in Troutdale turned up multiple stolen items, including a stolen loaded firearm, and suspected methamphetamine.

Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Chelsea KnightThe investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are expected.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those visiting the Columbia River Gorge to only bring those items you absolutely need, and always lock up your valuables or carry them with you. It is important not to leave any valuables in plain sight in your car, especially when parking at trail heads.

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