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Man caught mid-burglary in Troutdale

Police believe Troutale 26-year-old stole a handful of guns from nearby home


Police caught a 26-year-old man hiding in the backyard next door to a house he allegedly broke into earlier this morning in Troutdale.

Matthew Loree was arrested and lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of first-degree burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, said Sgt. Steve Bevens, spokesman at the Troutdale Police department.

He also had a warrant issued by the Oregon State Police.

Police believe a backpack and duffel bag Loree had on him contained several stolen handguns from the victim's home, among other items.

Detectives are writing a search warrant for the duffel bag, which is in evidence, Bevens said.

At 4:36 a.m. Thursday, June 12, Troutdale Police responded to a burglary in progress in the 2200 block of Southwest McGinnis Avenue in Troutdale.

A neighbor heard footsteps in the gravel and a door being broken down, Bevens said. Arriving officers found a side door ajar and surrounded the house.

A K-9 unit was called in from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to search for the suspect.

The police dog quickly tracked the suspect to a neighbor's back shed and shrub bushes.

Loree was found hiding in the shrubs, police said.

He was arrested without incident.

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