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Police pounce on Foster-Powell burglar

by: MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Eight days after police say they caught 23-year-old Barrett Michael Stoffer red-handed after a burglary, he was set free by the court. Homeowners in Inner Southeast neighborhoods recently hit by burglaries might be gratified to learn that a suspect has been caught in the act – and arrested. However, the news is not all good.

A homeowner in the 4500 block of S.E. 78th Avenue was surprised when she confronted an intruder in her basement at 11:30 am on Thursday morning, June 5.

“The suspect fled the residence with some of the owner’s property, and was located several blocks away by East Precinct officers,” Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson later told THE BEE.

“The victim positively identified the suspect, and her stolen property,” Simpson said.

The man placed in handcuffs and taken off to jail was 23-year-old Barrett Michael Stoffer. At 1:24 that afternoon, Stoffer was processed into Multnomah County Detention Center on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree – a Class A Felony – with bail set at $50,000.

Surprisingly however, when Stoffer was arraigned in Multnomah County Court on June 13, charges were apparently dismissed by the judge, and he walked free later that afternoon.

So, take a good look at his mug shot. If you see a 5 foot 5 inch, 140-pound Caucasian man with brown hair and blue eyes surveying your street – you, too, could be in danger of allegedly meeting Mr. Stoffer in your home.