Donut bandit's accomplice arrested, Gresham police say
Gresham Police say the hunt for a local donut bandit continues — but they've arrested his alleged accomplice, who was apparently driving him around in a stolen vehicle.
The case began when a woman reported that her sedan with "bright pink wheels" had been stolen on the morning of Wednesday, April 25 in the Rockwood area.
A short time later, officers received reports of the theft of a dozen chocolate donuts "in broad daylight" from the Albertsons grocery store located at the corner of Northeast 181st Avenue and Glisan Street.
Witnesses said the suspects fled in a vehicle with pink wheels as bright as the glazing on a baker's dozen.
Officers immediately suspected the two misdeeds might be linked. When a caller reported two men "acting suspiciously" inside a car with a similarly matching description, the authorities rushed to the 1800 block of Southeast 182nd Avenue.
The car had already disappeared.
A stake-out commenced, and minutes later one man pulled up in the allegedly stolen vehicle. A review of surveillance footage suggested he had been chauffeuring the alleged donut thief.
Police arrested 24-year-old Kevin Lee Lucier under suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of heroin.
"When asked if the thief shared his loot, Lucier stated that he did not like donuts," a police spokesman wrote. "This shocked the officer who didn't know that was possible."
Lucier told booking deputies he is a transient who uses heroin every day, according to court records. He was previously arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle in March.
Lucier was immediately released after his most recent arrest, and is presumably back on the streets.
The Portland area is currently ranked third among the nation's major cities for car thefts per person, according to data compiled by the FBI.