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Kenneth Jett, 64, connected to last week's North Portland theft at 21st Century Towing

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Kenneth JettA second person has been arrested in connection to a truck theft and assault that took place at a North Portland tow yard.

Kenneth Jett, who lives in the 8440 block of Southeast 172nd Avenue, was arrested Monday night, Feb. 17, following a 911 call claiming a stolen van involved in the case had been parked nearby in the Centennial neighborhood.

Jett, 64, was in his home when police arrived to investigate the stolen van. Jett eventually approached law enforcement and was taken into custody. He was placed in Multnomah County Detention Center where he faces at least one charge of Criminal Mischief.

Nicole O. Penagos-Clare, who police identified as the other suspect in the case, was arrested Sunday, Feb. 16. She faces accusations of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, motor vehicle theft and hit-and-run.

The investigation spawned from the pair allegedly breaking into 21st Century Towing, 8510 N. Kerby Ave., on Feb. 12.

Surveillance video appears to capture the theft of a truck, including the assault Jett and Penagos-Clare are accused of committing. The truck is seen ramming into a security fence, sending an employee of the towing company flying.

The employee was transported to a local hospital with significant, but not life-threatening injuries.

"This case highlights how criminals can be identified and captured to increase public safety when our investigators work in tandem with community members," said Portland Police Chief Jami Resch. "I am grateful for community members who came forward with information and detectives who worked diligently to apprehend those involved so quickly."


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