PPB: Burglar with gun arrested after chase at Foster Road
A man allegedly attempting to break into a Southeast Portland business has been arrested, police say.
East Precinct officers responded to the 4900 block of Southeast Foster Road after an alarm at Eyewear Inc went off around 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.
Officers say they found a man trying to "defeat" a front-door lock using a "powder-actuated concrete fastener tool," though his attempts had not succeeded by the time authorities arrived.
Police say the suspect fled on foot, tossing a gun to the ground during the foot chase. The gun was recovered, and the man was arrested.
Christopher Gene Heil, 27, faces charges of first-degree criminal mischief, felon in possession of a gun, unlawful use of a weapon, third-degree escape, interfering with police, felon in possession of a weapon, attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools and first-degree theft.
The owner of the business, Timothy Taylor, said broken glass and the damaged lock would cost $1,300 to repair, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Heil, who told jailers he lives in a sober living house, was arrested in 2018 for burglary and stolen vehicle charges, according to court records.
Heil remains in the downtown jail at this time.
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