Portland Police: $20,000 in property found in stolen U-Haul
Portland Police Bureau officers said they recovered $20,000 in stolen property from a stolen rental box truck.
According to a probable cause affidavit, a North Precinct officer "self-dispatched to CubeSmart Self Storage, 1314 N. Schmeer Road around 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb 20," following reports of a stolen U-Haul that a Washington renter had tracked by GPS.
Manuel Kaelal Hernandez Jr., 41, was found inside the truck, per court records, and Sanchindra Anand Nath, 41, was found near a black Ford F350 with no license plates and a "punched" ignition that previously had been reported stolen. A screwdriver was found on the dashboard. The two men were allegedly moving items from the U-Haul to the truck.
Hernandez faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of it, while a charge of aggravated theft has been dropped, per records. Nath had all charges dropped related to the incident but was picked up on a warrant for attempted second-degree murder.
In that incident, on Jan. 28, Nath allegedly fired a single round at a man near North Smith and Mohawk streets after stealing a man's truck, and then being approached by the victim. The two apparently were arguing over a job.
Hernandez was released from the downtown jail Feb. 20. Nath remains in custody on the attempted murder charge and a parole violation.
Police say some of the recovered property has not yet been returned because their owners did not report it as stolen, including a motorcycle. Those who have had items stolen can click here or call 503-823-3333.
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