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by: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - A burlary victim's cat help police search for suspects.Police got some help checking out a reported residential burglary Monday afternoon — the owner's cat, who rode around the house on the officer's shoulders.

No suspect were found, but not for lack of trying.

According to police, at 4:16 p.m. on June 23, East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Southeast 98th Avenue on the report of a burglary.

When the officers arrived, they contacted the victim, who'd just returned home from work and found her house burglarized. She said everything was fine when she'd left home for work at approximately 7:40 a.m.

Uncertain whether or not someone was still in the home, officers entered to check for a suspect. While searching the home, one officer noted broken glass on the floor of both the basement and a bathroom.

by: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Four eyes are better than two.The victim's cat was walking around on the floor, so the officer picked up the cat to make sure it did not step in the glass. The cat climbed up onto the officer's shoulders and remained there as they finished searching the house.

Several personal items were discovered missing after the burglary.

Officers contacted a neighbor who told police that she saw a suspicious man in the neighborhood earlier in the day that seemed interested in the activities of the neighborhood.

The witness described the man as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, 5'9" tall, skinny build, curly brown hair, wearing a dark-colored track suit with pants tucked into his socks and boots.

Another neighbor described seeing an older white van, driven by a white male with dark hair and sunglasses, driving through the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about this burglary is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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