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This sort of burglary has become common in some areas, but it's fairly new to Inner Southeast Portland

COURTESY KPTV FOX 12 NEWS - The burglar is shown ringing the doorbell with a package - before deciding nobodys home and breaking into the home. Do you recognize him? Let the police know!When Central Precinct officers were dispatched on November 18 at 2:39 p.m., it was to a routine "Premise Check", to see if everything was alright at an Eastmoreland home in the 3100 Block of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, facing Reed College.

But, everything was certainly not alright for the family of Erica Hetfld, which was not in the house at the time. After being sent a security notification from the front door video doorbell system, Hetfld told reporters, she was shocked to see a man – dressed in black, wearing a cap and mask; and comfortably attired in slippers – bringing an unwrapped package to the front door.

Then, she saw the man grab a pole, with a swatch of blue painter's tape stuck to the end, and disappear around to the back of her house. Seconds after that, the video security camera lost its image and the picture turned blue – and Hetfld got a message from her alarm monitoring company with a break-in notification.

She called the 9-1-1 Center to report a burglary in progress – but mentioned that she'd waited for on hold for five minutes to speak with an operator. By the time officers came, ten minutes after that, the burglar was gone.

Hetfeld said that she felt violated, because the thief made a beeline for her bedroom and stole all of her jewelry, including a gold heirloom given her by her grandmother. After he rummaged through the bedroom, she was incensed to find that the crook also turned upside down her toddler's bedroom.

The homeowner placed the blame for crimes like these on the shoulders of elected officials who, she said, all but give criminals permission to steal – because they likely won't be prosecuted, she asserted.

But that's not a foregone conclusion! If you recognize this burglar in the security camera photo, help PPB Burglary Division investigators solve this crime by e-mailing your information to – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – and pleased reference Case No. 21-323123.


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