Clackamas County deputies find stolen vehicles, weapons, kittens
Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday arrested two suspects reported of prowling cars, with detectives finding in their possession a stolen truck, a myriad of looted items and a trio of newborn kittens.
Officers were dispatched to the 16600 block of Southeast Widgeon Lane in Damascus at around 11:45 p.m. Monday, April 11, on reports of three or four individuals suspected of prowling and stealing from cars in the area, authorities say.
Suspects were reported to have repeatedly returned to this address in a gold-colored pickup truck for weeks, showing up each time wearing headlamps and going through cars, according to the sheriff's department.
Per authorities, the gold pickup truck was pulling away from the scene as deputies arrived, prompting a pursuit that ended at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Lambert Street in Portland as the suspect briefly evaded deputies. Two additional suspects reportedly stayed behind inside a vehicle at the Widgeon Lane residence.
Later, around midnight on April 12, the gold truck was seen "recklessly driving" in the area of Southeast 131st and Powell Boulevard by Portland Police deputies. At about 12:30 a.m., the driver was reported by Gresham Police to have fled on foot into an apartment complex after abandoning the vehicle on MAX tracks in the area of Northeast 172nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.
Portland Police then reportedly used K9 tracking to locate the suspect driver, identified as 35-year-old Paul Angelo Costello, in the Burnside Firs apartment complex on the 17400 block of East Burnside Street. No fixed address was reportedly found for Costello.
The gold pickup truck was later identified by Gresham Police Department to have been stolen from around the Gresham area, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's report.
Authorities say another suspect, 31-year-old Damascus resident Yuriy Zvodzdetskiy, was arrested by deputies in the back of a black sedan with switched license plates and the doors open.
Zvodzdetskiy was reportedly wearing a headlamp at the time of the arrest and had stolen items including cash, fentanyl pills, bank cards, a pocket knife and multiple forged car keys on his person.
Three other stolen vehicles, including a John Deere Gator, a white van with switched license plates, and a trailer were additionally recovered from the property by deputies, according to reports.
Clackamas County Sheriff's detectives found a collection of stolen items, ranging from firearms, wallets and pills to scooters, tools, clothing and catalytic converters were found while executing a search warrant, per reports. Authorities say they are processing the items as evidence while working to return them to their owners.
The search also uncovered three kittens, reportedly just days old, whom detectives rescued and delivered to the Oregon Humane Society for further care. The kittens' mother could not be located, according to authorities.
After Costello was medically cleared by a local hospital, he was booked into Clackamas County Jail on $32,500 bail and charges including unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempt to elude an officer, reckless driving and violation of parole, per reports.
Authorities say Zvodzdetskiy was arrested and booked into Clackamas County Jail on charges of identity theft and possession of stolen property.
The sheriff's office is asking anyone with additional information on either of the two suspects or their criminal activity to contact the office's tip line by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip, referencing CCSO Case # 22-008308.
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