Burglary suspect arrested in Tigard
Tigard police arrested a man they say is responsible for two burglaries in Tigard this week.
Ronald Lee Dickinson, Jr., 49, was arrested on Monday after police say he broke into two homes where he cooked himself a meal and took a nap while homeowners were away.
It was about 9:20 a.m., Monday, when a resident off Southwest Durham Road near Southwest 81st Avenue heard what sounded like glass breaking from a neighbors home.
The resident spotted an unknown man leaving the home. He called 9-1-1 and police were able to stop Dickinson a short distance away, based on the witness description.
Police say Dickinson also burglarized a home on Sunday, Oct. 23 in the 14000 block of Hall Boulevard.
In that burglary, someone forced their way through a door when the homeowner was away, rifled through belongings, cooked a meal, slept and did laundry, police said. The burglar left before the residents returned. Several incidental items, such as a jar of coins, were reported stolen.
According to Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department, suspicious activity should always be reported to police.
It was the alertness and call-to-action of the neighbor that got police into action, Wolf said. Whether or not a formal neighborhood watch is in effect, looking out for others may possibly be the best type of security system available.
Police said Dickinson has no permanent address. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail on two charges of first-degree burglary.