Gresham grinch arrested for stealing $16,000 of packages
A Gresham man was arrested by Portland Police in connection with the theft of numerous packages worth more than $16,000 that he was supposed to be delivering in the Portland area.
Heriberto Villarino-Zamora, 33, was arrested by detectives with the Portland Police Bureau's Burglary Task Force as a result of an investigation that began Dec. 6.
Villarino-Zamora lived in the 1300 block of Northwest Wonderview Drive, Portland Police said. Early Thursday morning, Dec. 21, members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) assisted Burglary Taskforce detectives serving a warrant and searched his home, Portland Police said.
Detectives arrested Villarino-Zamora and found hundreds of stolen packages, valued at more than $16,500, and $4,900 in cash.
The investigation started because detectives were looking into suspects thought to be involved in multiple thefts from area retailers, Portland Police said.
Detectives used a website called OfferUp to find and identify suspects and recover stolen items. During the preliminary investigation, detectives also identified Villarino-Zamora as a suspect in the theft of multiple packages.
Police said Villarino-Zamora was a private courier contracted to ship packages for a national retailer. Law enforcement believed Villarino-Zamora had stolen packages he was supposed to deliver.
Villarino-Zamora is being held at the Multnomah County Jail on $20,000 bail on a single charge of first degree aggravated theft.