Off-duty Salem officer held in local burglaries
An off-duty Salem police officer was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 6, by Portland police during an investigation into two Portland-area burglaries.
Seth T. Thayres, 31, of Southeast Portland, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and first-degree theft. Salem police officials said Thayres has been with the police department for six years, and is on administrative leave since Oct. 9, awaiting the outcome of a fitness-for-duty evaluation.
Also arrested in the case was 35-year-old James Cardenas, a transient who was charged with first-degree theft, second-degree burglary and possession of meth. Cardenas relocated to the Portland area nine months ago after living in Seattle. He has not had a job in five months and lives mostly in motel rooms or rented rooms. His criminal record includes nearly a dozen burglary convictions in Washington, and four convictions for theft from retail stores.
Cardenas was arrested in mid-May 2018 for possessing meth. He has been on probation after pleading no contest to the charge.
Thayres and Cardenas were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. They were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Justice Center. They will return to court in late February.
Portland police said the arrests were part of an investigation into two burglaries in which more than $30,000 worth of property was taken.
On Feb. 1, detectives began investigating a break-in at a video production company in the 500 block of Southeast Ash Street, where equipment and computers worth more than $10,000 were stolen. Three days later, during another break-in at a digital production company office in the 800 block of Southeast Belmont Street, burglars took equipment and computers worth about $20,000.
On Feb. 6, the digital production company saw one of its stolen computers for sale at an online site and told police. Detectives met with the seller from the online site and were told that the man had purchased several computers from two men he called "The Mac Men" (later identified as Cardenas and Thayres).
Cardenas and Thayres were arrested shortly after midnight Feb. 7 in the 9900 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
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