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Police chief arrests guitar thief

Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Shawn Rene WasilPortland Police Chief Mike Reese caught and arrested a robbery suspect in downtown Portland around noon Friday.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 26, Reese was flagged down at Southwest 5th Avenue and Madison Street about a man who stole two guitars from the Bing Lounge, located at Alpha Broadcasting in the Pacwest Center.

Security directed Reese to Chapman Square, located at Southwest 4th Avenue and Madison Street, where the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea, in plain clothes, was with Reese at the time of the arrest.

The suspect, Shawn Rene Wasil, 52, was in possession of the two stolen guitars that had been on display at the Bing Lounge as part of an event.

The guitars were returned to the Bing Lounge and Wasil was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Theft in the Second Degree.

Reese, an avid guitar player and member of The Usual Suspects band, tweeted, "Just arrested a guitar thief! Flagged down by security at Alpha Broadcasting and captured thief two blocks away." - @ChiefReese

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