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Dumb crook steals from Portland police

Photo Credit: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Sean Michael KearneyHere's another nominee for America's Dumbest Criminals.

Michael Kearney, 43, arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing several thousand dollars worth of metal panels to be used as the entry facade to the new Portland Police Training Complex.

Police are finishing work on the complex, located at 14902 Northeast Airport Way. A public open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

According to police, the panels were stolen at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. A North Precinct detective was able to obtain surveillance video of the suspect vehicle, which was a fairly distinct looking Chevy S-10 pick-up truck.

Two days later, the detective spotted the vehicle as it drove by him on his way home. Uniform officers were called to stop the vehicle and the suspect, later identified as Kearney, was arrested without incident. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of Theft in the First Degree.

The detective continued the investigation and recovered all of the stolen metal late Wednesday. Some of it was damaged, however, and cannot be used at the training complex.

Anyone with additional information about this theft is asked to contact Detective Travis Fields at (503) 823-5700.