Burglary suspect eludes officers after multi-city chase
The suspect in a burglary and multiple carjackings in several neighboring cities remains at large after eluding officers the morning of Friday, Nov. 19.
According to the Tigard Police Department, officers were called around 7 a.m. to investigate a burglary at the T-Mobile store on Southwest Pacific Highway. The officers determined the suspect left in a stolen car and drove to Lake Oswego.
Officers with the Lake Oswego Police Department set up spike strips to stop the suspect's car on Terwilliger Drive near State Street, and though the car did hit one of the spikes it continued driving down the street, according to police.
When the car was found abandoned on Pearcy Street, a K-9 tracking process began. At this point, according to police, a 911 call came in from a resident around the 900 block of Bickner Street who said their car had been stolen after they were threatened by someone with a weapon. The description of the person matched the suspect, and the newly stolen vehicle headed toward Oregon City.
Oregon City officers eventually found that car, a Chevrolet Spark, abandoned in the parking lot of a gas station on Main Street. According to police, the suspect stole a third car from the Lithia Subaru dealership at 1404 Main St. and a pursuit took place when officers located that car in Gladstone.
"The pursuit spanned along Highway 99E and then into unincorporated areas of Clackamas and Milwaukie before being discontinued," a news release from Tigard Police stated. "Spike strips were attempted but were not effective."
Police found the stolen Subaru abandoned in Southeast Portland, but the suspect was still at large as of Friday afternoon. Officers also recovered a "large amount" of property stolen from the T-Mobile store.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.