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A GPS tracker was attached to equipment after a series of thefts, the Sheriff's Office said.

Nicholas ConlonAn operation intended to catch thieves from a construction site in Cornelius resulted in three arrests Thursday night, Aug. 30, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies reportedly arrested two Hillsboro men, 23-year-old Nicholas Conlon and 19-year-old Jason Cortez-De Jesus, and a Beaverton man, 25-year-old Steven Pesce, after tracking them to the intersection of Northwest Glencoe Road and Northeast Lenox Street in Hillsboro.

Jason Cortez-De JesusAfter responding to several reports of theft from the construction site near North 26th Avenue and Fremont Street, deputies attached a GPS tracker to a piece of construction equipment and waited to see if someone took it, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The suspects allegedly took the bait, and deputies responded at 11:18 p.m. after the equipment was removed from the construction site, the Sheriff's Office said.

Steven PesceConlon, Cortez-De Jesus and Pesce face charges of second-degree theft. Cortez-De Jesus faces an additional charge for methamphetamine possession.

Conlon and Pesce have misdemeanor records in Washington County. Conlon was convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants in 2016. Pesce pleaded no contest to fourth-degree assault in 2012.


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