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Pastry thief caught red handed

Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Peter Leon JohansenIt sounds like a bad police joke — officers chase and catch donut thief. But it happened in Portland early Tuesday when officers pursued and arrested a suspect who stole a pastry delivery truck.

Peter Leon Johansen, 34, was transported to the Multnomah County Jail and booked on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft in the First Degree and Attempt to Elude by Vehicle.

According to the police, at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 30, a Central Precinct officer responded to the 1100 block of Southwest 5th Avenue on the report of a stolen delivery vehicle.

The officer contacted the victim, who said that he'd parked the van on Southwest 5th Avenue and left it unlocked with the keys inside as he made a delivery of pastries. The officer learned that the 2004 Chevy Astro Van was owned by Donut Land, located on Southwest Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin.

As the officer was taking the initial report, another Central Precinct officer spotted the stolen van traveling eastbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard near 21st Avenue. The officer got behind the van and activated his overhead lights, but the driver of the van did not stop and the officer engaged in a traffic pursuit.

The suspect the pulled the van over at Southeast 59th Avenue and Mall Street, and the officer commanded him to put both of his hands out the window. When he did, the officer observed a pastry fall from the suspect's hands.

Additional officers arrived and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The victim was transported to the scene to take possession of the van. Officers noted that there were donuts all over the inside of the van, but otherwise there was no damage to the vehicle.

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