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'Prolific' construction site burglar arrested

Tigard, Lake Oswego, Happy Valley, Beaverton and West Linn police departments and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office participated in the investigation.

FRISBYPolice have arrested a man they describe as a “prolific theft suspect” believe to have robbed construction sites across the Portland area.

Darcy Roy Frisby, 42, is charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and six counts of first-degree theft.

The burglar is suspected to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of appliances and furnishings from staged model homes and construction sites, said Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf.

Frisby allegedly targeted well-established home builders, including Stonebridge Homes, Timberland Homes, Renaissance Homes, D.R. Horton, and others, Wolf said,

According to police, a series of burglaries and thefts were reported at numerous new home construction sites in the metro area, but weren’t discovered until Tigard Police and Happy Valley Police compared similar burglaries a year ago, revealing what they believed to be the same bandit.

Over the next several months, other police agencies began to report similar thefts, and police were able to piece together the suspect’s vehicle, and other materials, Wolf said.

“Surveillance, search warrants, interviews and multiple visits to storage facilities where the stolen property was held, furthered just how complex and extensive the dollar losses totaled,” Wolf said. “Several witnesses also provided reports of suspicious vehicles and trailers arriving and departing from new home sites and model home locations at odd hours.”

The investigation lasted nearly a year, and involved several Portland-area police departments, Wolf said. Tigard, Lake Oswego, Happy Valley, Beaverton and West Linn police departments and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office participated in the investigation, as well as the Portland Home Builders Association and the Construction Industry Crime Prevention, Wolf said.

Additional charges are pending from the Clackamas and Washington county circuit courts, Wolf said.

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