Police: Five teens linked to Washington County crime spree
Beaverton police arrested five teenagers after they allegedly committed a crime spree across Washington County.
Officers say the teens — including 17, 15 and 14 year old juveniles, who were not identified — had committed crimes at multiple stores, and were allegedly riding around in a stolen car with a fake gun inside.
Jamal Osman, 19, of Auburn, Washington and Kassim Ahmed, 19, of Seattle, were arrested and identifed in a police news release.
All five teens face charges of second-degree robbery, identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, while Osman also faces charges for possession and use of a stolen vehicle. Additional charges are possible.
The case began after Beaverton police received reports of teens stealing beer at Winco Foods, 3025 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., around 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Police say they spotted a black Audi speeding away from the area on Highway 217, but declined to pursue the vehicle due to safety concerns.
Later that day, at 11:51 a.m., officers learned that a victim had her purse snatched from her hands as she sat in her car outside a Costco, 15901 S.W. Jenkins Rd., with the suspects fleeing in a black Audi.
Eight minutes later, police reportedly spotted the vehicle arriving at the Beaverton Town Square Fred Meyer, 11425 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. "The vehicle parked in a manner and location which led officers to believe the suspects were going to commit additional crimes," officers said.
The authorities say they arrested three people sitting in the car and two others who were inside the store. Police say the Audi was stolen at gunpoint in Tukwila, Washington on Nov. 10. A fake replica firearm was found inside the car.
Police additionally believe the same suspects are linked to a case of harassment and unlawful entry into a vehicle in Tigard, a Tualatin robbery and a second-degree theft and vehicle prowl in Vancouver.
Police say they are working with law enforcement partners in those communities.
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