Hawthorne Blvd burglaries believed solved with arrest
On Valentine's Day morning, at 3:52 a.m., the burglar alarm went off at Woof and Meow, 3562 S.E.Hawthorne Boulevard.
When officers arrived they contacted the owner of the business and learned a rock had been thrown through the front door, and the cash register had been taken from the store.
While officers investigated the burglary at the Woof and Meow, another burglary was reported at Toadstool Cupcakes at 3557 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard.
Officers investigated both burglaries and obtained, viewed, and seized as evidence, surveillance video from both business. Based on the surveillance footage, officers believed the same suspect was responsible for both burglaries.
Stills of the surveillance video were disseminated to Portland Police Bureau members -- and a criminalist in the Portland Police Bureau's Forensic Evidence Division provided the possible identity of the burglary suspect.
Officers responded to that man's home in the 800 block of S.E. Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th Avenue). The suspect was home, and was taken into custody without incident.
Officers applied for and received a search warrant for that residence. During the search of the residence, investigators found evidence of the burglaries.
The suspect has been identified as 62-year-old Melvin L. Tillman; he was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree (three counts), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (three counts), and Theft in the Third Degree (two counts).
Investigators believe Tillman is responsible for burglaries at the following locations:
* Communion (3556 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard) on January 11, 2018
* Woof and Meow (3562 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard) on February 14, 2018
* Toadstool Cupcakes (3557 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard) on February 14, 2018