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Brazen thief steals computers from Llewellyn, Winterhaven

Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland has been the target of a sneak-thief who stole three laptop computers from the school. A similar theft took place during school hours at Winterhaven School in the Brooklyn neighborhood

The theft at Llewellyn occurred during the parent-teacher conferences in November, according to a report published by Principal Steve Powell. “All three computers were stolen from the second floor, and all from teacher desks. Fortunately, a few teachers got a description of the person,” Powell told THE BEE.

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - This surveillance photo, taken at St. Claires School in Southwest Portland, is of the suspect that police are seeking in the computer thefts.The suspect staff members reported seeing is a thin white male between 5’7” and 5’11” between 27 and 35 years of age.

“He was wearing black jeans and wearing a ‘cross body’ messenger bag. He was talking on a ‘flip-phone’ with a pull up antenna,” is the description that teachers gave Powell.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has opened a “Crime Stoppers of Oregon” case, said Public Information Officer Sgt. Simpson.

“Over the last month, a man has gone into schools in the Portland Metro area and has posed as a parent or prospective parent. He then enters classrooms and steals laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices,” revealed Simpson. In addition to Llewellyn, police investigators believe that the same man has also stolen from Winterhaven School, Sunnyside School, and St. John’s School in Milwaukie. Witnesses at these schools give a description of the suspect that seems to match: A white male in his mid-20s to early 30s, approximately 5'10", and 160 pounds, Simpson reported. “Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous,” Simpson said. Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at: www.crimestoppersoforegon.com – or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip – or call 503-823-HELP (4357) to leave your tip information. And, Principal Powell of Llewellyn Elementary School asks any visitors to first check in at the school office – because staff members are now keeping a sharp eye out for anyone in the building without an ID badge.