LAKE OSWEGO – Lake Oswego police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two theft and identity theft suspects. On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at about 11:00 a.m., a theft from a vehicle occurred in the parking lot of the Zupan’s Market, 16380 Boones Ferry Road. The victim came out of the store and saw someone standing near his vehicle. That male suspect quickly got into a black Jeep Rubicon and drove off with a second suspect in the passenger’s seat. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspects or the vehicle. The victim reported that his cell phone and wallet were stolen. Later, police learned that the suspects used the victim’s credit cards at several area stores.
On Monday, February 20, 2017, at 11:32 a.m., Lake Oswego police received information from Tualatin police about a suspicious vehicle. Tualatin police were reporting that a black Jeep Rubicon was seen in the parking lot of the 24-hour Fitness on McEwan Road. A male and female were apparently looking into cars in the parking lot and were chased off. The vehicle had last been seen heading toward Lake Oswego. Over the last two days, Lake Oswego police had received a large number of reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles.
At 11:36 a.m., a Lake Oswego police officer found the Jeep Rubicon and attempted to stop it on Childs Road at Stafford Road. The vehicle initially pulled to the side of the road and stopped momentarily, before driving off at a high rate of speed. The officers pursued the vehicle into and through parts of West Linn, and then back into Lake Oswego, before they stopped the pursuit due to the suspect driving recklessly. The suspect vehicle was last seen driving northbound on State Street from D Avenue.
Due to the large number of cases involving thefts from unlocked vehicles over the last week, we wanted to remind the public not to leave valuables visible in their vehicles, and to always lock their doors. Generally, thieves will only break a window if there is something visible they want to take; however, if the vehicle is unlocked, they will often rummage through the whole vehicle looking for whatever they may want to take.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the pictured suspects is encouraged to call Lake Oswego police at 503-635-0238.
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