Nelda West peered down the street, as police investigators wrapped up an investigation in the 6900 block of S.E. Crystal Springs Boulevard on the morning of August 14.

“I came here to visit my daughter, and they say that what was going on at that house is really ‘bad news’ and scary.”

Other area residents were reluctant even to speak with THE BEE – some perhaps fearing retaliation for authorities discovering what the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is calling a “chop shop” that was located in and behind the house that the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) raided at 4:30 am that morning.

by: MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - 22-year-old Jewell Marie Millspaugh is under arrest on a variety of felony charges, after a SERT raid on a Brentwood-Darlington house described by police as a stolen-car's 'chop shop'.“The warrant service on August 14th was the culmination of a month-long investigation by East Precinct officers, regarding a ‘chop shop’ for stolen vehicles in the area,” revealed PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King.

Officers found car parts, high-performance tires, and fancy wheel rims and other accessories, and investigators said they believed that all the items uncovered in their five-hour search were stolen.

“The officers that are involved here this morning are very skilled in working auto theft,” said PPB Neighborhood Response Team officer Sgt. Randy Teig.

Tieg added that the investigation began as a result of many calls from the community about stolen vehicles in the neighborhood, and activity they thought to be suspicious.

22-year-old Jewell Marie Millspaugh was arrested 15 minutes after the raid began, and was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 10:46 am on charges of Unauthorized Use of A Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.

Later, charges of Burglary I, a Class A felony, and Theft I were added. Millspaugh remains in custody at this writing, in lieu of combined bail of $70,000.

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