Police say Melinda Lucero stole items from homes across the Oak Hills neighborhood and placed them around her property.

LuceroForest Grove police officers have arrested a woman they believe stole items from several homes in the Oak Hills neighborhood.

Melinda Lucero, 45, was arrested Friday, March 2, after turning herself into police, according to police spokesman Michael Hall.

Lucero was suspected of committing several area thefts, according to police.

Lucero is charged with second- and third-degree theft. After turning herself in, Lucero agreed to return the stolen property.

Hall said several thefts were reported to police from the Oak Hills neighborhood of Forest Grove on Feb. 23. Residents reported several items had been stolen from outside the homes, including flower pots and wicker benches.

One of the victims in the thefts was a Forest Grove police officer, Hall said, who noticed a flower pot stolen from his yard was spotted outside Lucero's home.

Hall said officers recovered several stolen items from Lucero's property, including lawn ornaments, benches, flower pots, a ladder and throw pillows.

Hall said additional victims may be out there. Anyone who has not reported a theft of their property and people with information related to the investigation are encouraged to contact police.

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