Evidence linked to area break-ins, burglaries
An arrest of a man on April 2 led to the recovery of truckloads of stolen items.
West Linn police arrested Joshua James Lazenby, 38, of Gladstone, on an outstanding county warrant for drug possession and for being an ex-con possessing a firearm.
On April 3, West Linn police, working with the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office and the Oregon City Police, served a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of C Street in Oregon City.
Police officers said that they recovered so much stolen property from the home that they needed to use a truck from the West Linn Public Works Department to haul it away. According to Officer Mike Francis, two half-ton pickup truck loads and a 2-ton box van load were hauled away from the residents.
There was a lot, Francis said. Were well over the hundreds, maybe approaching a thousand.
According to Sgt. Dave Kempas, officers are investigating multiple car break-ins and residential burglaries in West Linn, Oregon City and elsewhere in Clackamas County.
As of April 10, investigators were continuing to process the evidence. Property connected to at least 10 burglaries, 15 car break-ins and two thefts as well as area identity thefts, has been identified so far, according to West Linn police. Francis said officers are still working trying to piece together cases, and there is potential for more arrests.
The identified property includes two previously reported stolen firearms, power tools, at least one bicycle, an antique clock and a painting. Connecting the property to reported crimes is a key focus at this time and will take several days to complete, according to police.
Any time you can get a stolen firearm off the street, thats substantial, Francis said. Its gratifying that we got somebody that is doing this type of thing.
Francis gave kudos to Officer Larry Redler who made the initial connections after Lazenbys arrest.
This was a patrol officer who put these things together. He did just a fantastic job working this case, Francis said.
The West Linn Police Department should have a website (westlinnoregon.gov/police) operating as of Thursday showing photos of all of the items recovered. The public is asked to check the page once it is posted to identify items they may have lost in a theft, burglary or car break-in. Instructions for identifying and claiming items will be provided at that time.
As of this time, Lazenby has only been arrested on the outstanding warrant and is being held on $40,000 bail.
This case was built on determined police work and the cooperation among agencies, West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus said. All of the involved investigators and officers have done and continue to do great work in resolving these cases.
According to Francis, 54 percent of all car break-ins in West Linn last year involved unlocked vehicles. He advised there are two things people can do to prevent car thefts and home burglaries.
Get that property out of (the car) and lock that car, he said. Most burglaries occur during the day. Trust your gut and call the police if you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood. ... All it takes is for someone to be right once to prevent a burglary.
Residents in West Linn are encouraged to log the serial number and property descriptions of possessions by using the Online Device Registry located at westlinnoregon.gov/police/odr.