Gary Medeiros allegedly tried to destroy the evidence before deputies arrested him.

Gary Medeiros.A package he allegedly stole from a neighbor's home had a little surprise inside for an Aloha man on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Gary Medeiros, 27, tripped an alarm when he took a "bait package" early Thursday morning from a residence near the intersection of Southwest 170th Avenue and Jenkins Road in Aloha, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Using a GPS device, deputies were able to track the package to Medeiros' residence less than two blocks away, where he was arrested.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the alarm activation from the bait package at 2:43 a.m. Thursday. The deputies surrounded the home to which they had tracked the package and made several announcements "for an extended amount of time" urging the suspect to come out, but Medeiros refused to surrendered until a homeowner arrived some time later, according to the official account.

Medeiros faces charges of mail theft and second-degree theft, as well as tampering with physical evidence and third-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly tried to destroy the evidence, damaging the package in the process, the Sheriff's Office said. He also faces a parole violation charge.

The Sheriff's Office has "proactively" deployed several bait packages throughout Washington County heading into the holiday season, it said. It did the same in 2015 and 2016.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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