First Responders from different departments worked together to catch a Brooklyn burglar

RITA A. LEONARD - Portland Police officers and Portland Fire Bureau paramedics cooperated in the apprehension of a Brooklyn burglary suspect at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Woodward Street on Sunday morning, March 4. Portland Central Precinct police officers and Portland Fire Bureau paramedics teamed up on Sunday morning, March 4, to help apprehend a burglary suspect on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue near Woodward Street.

According to Officer Sze Lai, the incident began shortly before 8 a.m. when a woman at Sanborn's Restaurant, at 3200 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, began opening for business. As she left the back door unlocked, a female burglar entered, stole a phone and a purse with money, and then fled.

Responding officers responding spotted a woman who resembled the broadcast description of the suspect on Milwaukie Avenue just north of Powell Boulevard, although by that time the woman had attempted to alter her clothing somewhat. As the officers detained her for questioning, she claimed to be having a heart attack.

By chance, paramedics from Portland Fire Bureau Engine 23 were available just a block away, and they quickly responded to evaluate the woman. An ambulance was also called to the scene. While the suspect was being examined, other officers returned to Sanborn's to bring the victim over to S.E. Woodward Street, where she identified the thief, as well as some of the items she had in her possession.

Meanwhile, the paramedics from Engine 23 quickly determined that the suspect was not suffering a heart attack, so the ambulance was cancelled, and Central Precinct officers transported the suspect – identified as 26-year-old Sarah Brown – to the Multnomah County jail. Brown was booked there on charges of 2nd Degree Burglary and 2nd Degree Theft – as well as on a standing warrant for "Failure to Appear".

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