Brooklyn 'cat burglar' busted
A Brooklyn family was startled when they awoke in the wee hours of August 23 to find a stranger in their third-floor apartment at S.E. 11th Avenue and Franklin Street.
One of the residents caught the burglar "rummaging through the refrigerator" in the kitchen – and shooed her out. The cat burglar fled the apartment; but the residents got a good look at the woman, and called 9-1-1 at 2:55 a.m. that morning to report the nocturnal intrusion.
Central Precinct officers responded to the report, and spotted a woman who matched the suspect's description blithely pedaling her way out from behind the apartment building.
"Based on information learned during the investigation, officers believe the suspect entered the apartment by climbing a fire escape to a bathroom window, where she pushed a fan out of the window and entered the apartment," later reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Brandi Alyse Anderson, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:17 a.m. that morning on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft in the Second Degree…and Indecent Exposure.
That last charge stemmed from a previous incident, when she was reportedly taken into custody after being found naked in the lobby of a public pool on July 12. The judge hearing that charge assigned her a bail of $0, but that crime is as yet un-sentenced.
At Anderson's arraignment on the Brooklyn break-in charges on August 24, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Elisabeth Waner filed an "Affidavit of Probable Cause" that recounted how the burglary victims shouted out "That's her!" when beholding the suspect trying to ride her bike past the responding officers.
Court documents say that three arresting officers struggled with Anderson as she was "actively fighting, biting, and kicking the officers for several minutes" before they were able to take her into custody.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Shelley Russell did find "Probable Cause" for the charges presented. Consequently, Anderson will face charges of Burglary in the First Degree, a Class A Felony; Resisting Arrest; and Possession of Methamphetamine.
She remains in jail at MCDC in lieu of $57,500 combined bail.