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Suspects in Town Center Park thefts arrested in Marion County

Wilsonville Police announce arrest of two individuals


by: PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY JAIL - Patrick ONeil IIby: PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY JAIL - Sara Ashley Levits

Wilsonville Police announced this morning the arrest in Marion County of two suspects allegedly involved in a June 6 vehicle break-in at Town Center Park and subsequent shopping spree with stolen credit cards.

Police said tips from the public ultimately allowed them to identify two suspects they say were involved in the incident. They were named as Sara Ashley Sevits, 30, and Patrick Daniel O’Neil II, 29, both of Marion County. Both individuals face charges of identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and second-degree theft.

Sevits also is on probation in Marion County for earlier convictions for identity theft and faces two additional counts of probation violation.

The pair were located yesterday by Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies at an undisclosed location and taken into custody without incident. They were then transferred to the custody of Wilsonville Police and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail. Sevits remains in custody on $52,500 bail while O’Neil already has been released.

They both are scheduled to be arraigned later today in Marion County Circuit Court.

According to Wilsonville Police, the incident at Town Center Park happened sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, June 6. A local family left their car parked at Town Center Park, allowing the suspects to enter the car “by force” and steal credit cards and other personal items.

O’Neil and Sevits then reportedly used the stolen cards at multiple locations in Tigard and Tualatin before the victim’s credit card company was able to cancel the cards.

Police, however, were able to obtain surveillance video from at least one of the businesses where the stolen cards were used fraudulently. This ultimately led to the identification of the suspects. The business was not identified.

The Wilsonville Police Department encourages all citizens to do all they can to make access to valuables as difficult as possible in vehicles and other locations vulnerable to theft, especially not leaving purses, computers, and other high value targets inside of vehicles. Frequently thieves target items that allow for additional crimes like identity theft.