Cops bust Westmoreland trailer thieves
Behind the "365 Commissary Kitchen" at 5145 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, at 18th – which is also home to two walk-up restaurants, remaining open during the COVID-19 restrictions, "MAC'D" and "Romero's Kitchen" – in the early hours of Friday, April 10, two men spied a utility trailer, and decided to steal it.
An extensive security system they didn't know about alerted the owner of the kitchen and the property that intruders were there, and up to no good. He called 9-1-1 to report the suspicious activity, resulting in Central Precinct offers coming by on the report of a "burglary in progress".
The business owner was watching real-time video security images as the police arrived, and updating the 9-1-1 dispatcher with a description of the suspects and their actions.
Officers discovered that the two suspects had attached the trailer to their truck and were on their way out to S.E. 18th Avenue -- and stopped them and arrested them, returning the trailer to its owner.
"As a small business person, it's really discouraging when people steal from you," the owner, who asked not to be identified, told THE BEE later that day. "I'm thankful that the police got here in time to catch them."
45 year-old Ronald Mitchell and 36 year-old Donald Gary Cornwell were both booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 5:30 a.m. the same morning – both, on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony.
At his arraignment, Cornwell was additionally charged with two Class A Felony counts: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, a Misdemeanor charge of Trespass in the Second Degree, plus a "County Hold".
On April 12, Mitchell made bail and was released from custody.
Even with the felony charges, and the "County Hold", Cornwell was set free by a judge on April 13, without paying any bail whatsoever. The reason given was, "Released on Own Recognizance".
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