After taking a New Year's Holiday tour around the greater Portland area and eastward, in a stolen 2006 Jayco Seneca motor home, a man accused of a string of burglaries and thefts over the past few months in the Rhododendron community, including that RV, was finally taken into custody in January.
"Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) deputies had been investigating this case, and developed 'probable cause' – and during the course of these investigations, deputies narrowed down the crime spree to a suspect: 38-year-old Reid Leland Stephens of Brightwood," revealed CCSO Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Marcus Mendoza.
When Stephens showed up for a court date at the Clackamas County Courthouse on January 8, on charges including Forgery, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Theft I, deputies arrested him.
Questioning Stephens about his "new string of crimes", as Mendoza put it, the suspect was asked about the motor home taken from a residence in Rhododendron.
"Stephens denied being involved in any of the crimes, but he made an interesting offer! While denying any knowledge of the stolen motor home, he told the deputy he knew that he would be able to find it for him, if he were given a little time," Mendoza related.
As it turned out, the keys to the motor home were found right in Stephens' own pocket. They were, indeed, the keys to the stolen RV found parked near S.E. 52nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.
"The owner didn't give anyone permission to take [the motor home] from their house in Rhododendron, and drive it to Southeast Portland for a week," Mentza told THE BEE.
Stephens was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on 11 charges, including Burglary I, Burglary II, Unlawful use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft I, and Theft II. And he will face trial on those charges.
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