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Police nab three teens for car break-ins

Tigard Police officers arrested three teenagers after a rash of car break-ins around Tigard.

Police said two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Saturday, Jan. 19, after breaking into several vehicles and stealing items.

Seven vehicles were broken into in neighborhoods along Pacific Highway near Southwest Canterbury Lane and Southwest Gaarde Street between Thursday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 19, said Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department.

Several items were stolen from the vehicles, including a gun and ammunition, which were taken from a vehicle during the night.

One man in the 10700 block of Canterbury Lane, told police he saw a thief trying to break into his Toyota pickup truck at about 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, but took off running when the man confronted him.

The three boys were arrested on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Wolf said most of the missing property — including the gun and ammunition — was recovered after the trio’s arrest, and the items were returned to their owners.

Wolf said in a statement that the thefts were a reminder to residents to always lock vehicles.

“While some of the victim's vehicles were forcibly entered, plainly visible items of value may have added to allure," Wolf said. "Keep items of value out of sight. And never keep a weapon in your vehicle if left unattended.”

The three teens were lodged at the Donald E. Long correctional facility in Portland on multiple charges of unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, first-degree theft and criminal mischief.

Two of the boys are also charged with burglary indirectly connected to the break-ins, Wolf said.

The Times does not release the names of juveniles arrested for minor offenses.




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