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Dufur man arrested for string of Tigard car thefts

Tigard police have arrested a man for a string of recent car thefts, including stealing a car and crashing it into a 7-Eleven on Hall Boulevard in September.

Alex Burton, 19, was arrested Sunday, Nov. 3 for allegedly stealing three vehicles over the last several months.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Washington County Circuit Court last week, the thefts began in September, when Burton was believed to have stolen his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle from their home in Dufur, Ore., a small town in Wasco County.

Burton had reportedly stolen the car from the woman on Sept. 2 and drove to Tigard, where his father lives and where Burton went to school.

The car was found abandoned on Sept. 5 after it drove over a curb, struck a Redbox DVD rental kiosk and crashed through a 7-Eleven store window at 12045 S.W. Hall Blvd.

The driver reportedly tried to back up but crashed into a parked car. The driver and two passengers ran off.

No one was injured in the crash.

Inside the car, police found Burton’s ex-girlfriend’s resume and a nearby witness told police he recognized Burton from high school, though the two were not friends.

A month later, on Oct. 24, a Honda Passport was stolen from the 11500 block of Southwest Cloud Court. The car had reportedly been left unlocked with the keys in the ignition.

It was recovered three days later near Potso Dog Park, off Southwest Hunziker Street.

Last week, a Jeep Wrangler was reported stolen from Bull Mountain. Police said that its keys were also left in the ignition.

The Jeep was found in the Regal Tigard 11 movie theater parking lot.

Burton was sleeping in a nearby tent with the keys were inside his coat pocket, the affidavit claims.

Burton was booked in the Washington County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, hit and run and criminal mischief.

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