A small utility trailer found abandoned at the roadside may be a key piece of evidence in an attempted burglary at the St. Helens Les Schwab Tire Center.

St. Helens police responded to an alarm at the recently burned-out tire center building off the Columbia River Highway in the early hours of Sept. 16.

When the officers arrived, they found a rear door to a storage building had been tampered with and nearly forced open. It was obvious to the officers the burglars fled when the alarm began to sound.

As the officers checked the area for suspects they came across a small utility trailer on the side of Division Road, just off of Highway 30. The rear of the trailer was sticking out into the roadway and it appeared that it had been hastily dumped.

Officers also found drops of fresh motor oil at the scene, indicating the tow vehicle may have had some mechanical issues.

The trailer has a flatbed that is approximately 4-feet wide by 8-feet long. It is a faded red color and has a 2-inch, ball-style hitch.

Are the two events connected? Officers would like to know. Anyone with information about the trailer is encouraged to contact the St. Helens Police Department at 503-397-1521.

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