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With car battery dead, two men from Molalla and Clackamas caught with stolen merchandise and credit cards

COURTESY PHOTO - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies arrest Raymond Allen Stavig, 41, of Molalla, and Derek Richard Benjamin Shurts, 27, of Clackamas, on Monday, Nov. 30.COURTESY PHOTO - StavigTwo alleged thieves are facing big charges after their getaway car failed to, well, get away.

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, loss-prevention officers at Kohl's in the Clackamas Promenade reported a man running from the store carrying an armful of stolen merchandise. They also reported spotting a second male who might be involved, according to a release from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

"The second male was next to a getaway car that wasn't making much of a getaway," according to the release. "When the first suspect carrying the stolen merchandise reached the getaway car, the duo ran into some bad luck: The car's battery was dead, and the two men needed a jump-start."

The suspects reportedly began asking others in the parking lot for a jump, police said, which provided enough time for police to arrive at the scene as the two suspects still had the car's hood up.

Deputies detained the duo, identified as Raymond Allen Stavig, 41, of Molalla, and Derek Richard Benjamin Shurts, 27, of Clackamas.

Shurts was identified as the one stealing items from Kohl's. He also had several counterfeit bills in his pocket, police said.

Deputies not only recovered the items from Kohl's, which included clothes and shoes, but they also found other suspicious items inside the car including:

• Bags of clothing from other stores

• Several laptops

• Several phones

• Multiple credit cards with different names

• A magnetic card reader/writer

• Thumb-drives

• Oregon ID cards

• Counterfeit bills

• Methamphetamine and cocaine

COURTESY PHOTO - Deputies remove suspicious items from the getaway car.

Shurts told deputies that Stavig offered him $1,000 as deputies were arriving if he would take the blame for everything. Shurts reportedly declined the offer.

As deputies interviewed Stavig, he denied any criminal activity and offered a variety of explanations for why he had the items listed above.

Initially, he claimed all the items belonged to his wife, who was not present at the scene. He also said one of the recovered credit cards belonged to a friend he'd given a ride to earlier in the day. Stavig said his friend had told him to hold onto the credit card and get some fuel with it later, per the release.

Deputies discovered that that credit card was used to purchase a bag of items from Dick's Sporting Goods and items from Target, not fuel. Deputies also confirmed Stavig was the one who used the credit card at those stores.

Deputies contacted the owner of one of the laptops found in the car. They learned that the person's car had been stolen in Portland with the laptop and phone inside of it.

Many of the credit cards had altered information on their magnetic strips and writing on the cards that appeared to be ZIP codes and PIN numbers. Information obtained from the credit cards allowed deputies to identify nine victims of identity theft, according to the release.

COURTESY PHOTO - With information from the credit cards, deputies were able to identify nine victims of identity theft.

Stavig was arrested on charges of identity theft, theft, possession of methamphetamine and a warrant out of Multnomah County for aggravated identity theft.

Shurts was arrested on charges of possessions of a forged instrument, theft and a warrant out of Crook County for possession of heroin.

Police are seeking more information from the public on the criminal activity of Stavig and Shurts. Anyone with information is urged to contact the tip line by phone at 503-273-4949 or by using the online email form at www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip. Reference CCSO case No. 20-025559.


Kristen Wohlers
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