Cornelius man arrested for car thefts
A Cornelius man was arrested Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, in connection with several car thefts in unincorporated Washington County.
Patrick Kaelen Nickels, 19, was found by a Beaverton police officer with several stolen items in his possession, including a glass bong, snack foods, Mountain Dew, toilet paper and electronic devices, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Sheriff's deputies were alerted to the thefts at about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, after a caller in the 7700 block of Southwest Barnes Road reported hearing a car go off and seeing a man with a duffle bag breaking into his neighbor's car at the Sylvan Heights Condominium Community.
Several other cars were found ransacked, with their doors and trunks left open after they were searched and items were stolen, according to the Sheriff's Office.
A motorcycle was also found laying on the pavement in the area.
Nickels was located by a Beaverton police officer called in to provide assistance at the crime scene. A tracking dog was also deployed, the Sheriff's Office said.
In addition to the stolen items being recovered, according to the Sheriff's Office, Nickels admitted to sitting on the motorcycle and knocking it over, saying he did it because he "always wanted to ride one."
Nickels was taken to the Washington County Jail. He faces charges of third-degree theft and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.
Court records show Nickels was convicted of criminal mischief in 2018 for damaging personal property in Marion County. A Marion County judge ruled last week Nickels had violated the terms of his probation agreement.
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