Portland suspects caught robbing Washington County house
Two suspected burglars from Portland were arrested in Washington County for burglarzing a house under construction in the Bethany area.
Adrian Mendoza, 32, was lodged in the Washington County Jail without the possibility of bail. He is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempt to elude, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of burglar tools, and trespassing.
Melissa Pauline Springsted, 36, was lodged in the Washington County Jail on $10,000 bail. She is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and trespassing.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, at 12:57 a.m. on March 4, deputies were called to the 15100 block of Northwest Vance Road in the community of Bethany concerning a burglary. The home is under construction and the builder had surveillance cameras for added security.
The owner was able to give deputies a description of two people that were recorded carrying items from the house to an older model car. The owner reported the car left prior to the deputies' arrival.
Deputies searched the area for the suspect vehicle. Within minutes, they located a 1995 Honda Accord driving in the area and attempted a traffic stop. The driver failed to stop and sped off then quickly turned down a dead-end street.
The driver then attempted to speed past the deputy to escape the dead-end, but the deputy was able to utilize a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver to push the Honda off of the road. It struck a light pole and came to rest in a front yard of a nearby residence.
Deputies were able to take the driver, later identified as Mendoza, and the passenger, later identified as Springsted, into custody without further incident. Mendoza also had a restricted knife and several burglar tools concealed on him. He he had a warrant in Multnomah County for assault in the third degree and another warrant for a state parole violation.
Deputies subsequently found a large amount of power tools, including a generator and other items, in the Honda that appeared to be freshly stolen. The back seat and trunk were filled with these items, says the WCSO. The Honda was reported stolen out of Tualatin on March 2, 2018. It was taken to the Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Unit to be processed for evidence.
According to the WCSO, deputies also found items in the Honda that are likely connected to at least one car break-in in the same area. There will likely be additional charges forthcoming for both subjects as the investigation continues.