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Homeowner takes revenge on suspected burglars' tires with pickaxe

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - Here's how the rear tire of a vehicle believed to be used by two burglars ended up after a homeowner took a pickaxe to it.A rural Sherwood homeowner took revenge on a vehicle suspected in a burglary by slashing the rear tire of the suspects’ vehicle as they drove away shortly after 1 p.m. Sept. 10.

As the victim pulled into his driveway in the 24000 block of Morgan Lane (off of Tonquin and Morgan roads), he saw two males burglarizing his home. He called Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies and Wilsonville police before confronting the pair who fled, leaving the stolen property behind. As they were leaving, he showed the business end of a pickaxe to the rear tire of their vehicle, a white 1990s Nissan Sentra with one flat tire.

The victim reported the suspected burglars were Hispanic males in their 20s, dressed in dark clothing.

While deputies searched the area they were unable to locate the suspects or the vehicle.

Then, about 4:37 p.m. deputies received a report of two suspicious males in the 12000 block of Westfall Road in Sherwood. A homeowner called saying the men came to his residence and offered him $100 dollars for a two-mile ride into town. The homeowner refused and called 911.

From there, the suspects left on foot.

After responding to the scene, deputies located a white Honda Accord near the address with a flat rear tire. The vehicle is believed to be the suspect vehicle in the earlier burglary and was reported stolen out of Clark County, Wash., where its license plates had been switched.

Deputies located several blue latex gloves in the vehicle, which matched gloves found at the burglary scene.

They impounded the vehicle and took it to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department’s property room for further examination.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department’s confidential tip line at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://www.co.clackamas.or.us/sheriff/tip.htm. Reference Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case #12-230361.




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