Portland man charged with bike theft, food cart burglary
A local man faces multiple charges after authorities linked him to a string of food cart burglaries in Northeast Portland.
Christopher Tyrone Behurst, 34, is charged with four counts of fourth-degree burglary in Multnomah County Court. Prosecutors are not pursuing a first-degree theft charge, according to court records.
The case made headlines after the Tribune's news partner, KOIN 6 News, reported that business owners at the Piedmont Food Cart pod believed that a drone had been used to scout out the scene of the crimes.
Kiaha Rasmussen, owner of the Hapa Howies cart, told KOIN: "Clearly this isn't somebody who is just roaming around, like a homeless person, looking for something. This is someone who had planned it out."
But Behurst is homeless, and according to court docs has lived in a tent for the past four months. A probable cause affidavit states that Behurst "explained that he did enter the... food trucks, but that he only did it to look for cans to take." The affidavit doesn't mention a drone.
Also robbed during the Oct. 1 incident was the PDX Donerland cart, 625 N.E. Killingsworth St., and Sabor Casero, located a few blocks away at 5800 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Police say they learned from the owner of the Donerland food cart, Franziska San Pedro, that a credit card reader, blank checks, stickers and documents had been stolen from her truck. Salvador Ramos-Castillo of Sabor Casero said $120 was stolen.
Both Ramos-Castillo and San Pedro say the person who robbed them was wearing a jacket with the white letters "LSC" on it.
On Sept. 28, police learned that a man was spotted taking three bikes from an apartment building's garage. Behurst apparently told an officer he took the bikes, according to court docs.
Police say the investigation continues. Behurst was released from the downtown jail on Oct. 3.
Anyone with information is asked to call 503-823-5700.
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