Stolen car left on MAX tracks

The mystery of where the car came from that a MAX train hit early Tuesday morning has been solved.

Portland police arrested three people for burglarizing a room at a downtown Portland motel later that day. Among the items stolen were keys to the 1999 Subaru Legacy that was abandoned on the MAX tracks at 118th and East Burnside Street, where it was hit. At that time, the car was not listed as a stolen vehicle.

Britnay Jackson, 19, Nikhil Rajniel Lal, 19, and Joshua Best, 22, have been in connection with the burglary and stolen car. All three were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

According to the police, the burglary was reported by the residents of a room at the Travelodge located at 949 E. Burnside St. at approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 4. Detectives recovered surveillance video from the hotel and were able to identify the suspects coming from and going to a different hotel room, where detectives were able to arrest them.

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