Suspects charged with theft from Woodburn vehicle
Two suspects have been arrested and lodged at Marion County Jail in connection with a theft reported from a vehicle in Woodburn.
At around 6:50 a.m. Friday, Woodburn Police responded to the report in the 3500 block of Palimino Ave. where a large amount of cash, wallet and credit cards were stolen from a vehicle overnight. A short time later police received a report that the victim's credit card was used at a gas station near Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde.
Grand Ronde Police responded, but the suspects had left prior to the police's arrival. The police did gather information on the suspects and their vehicle via surveillance cameras and notified surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Polk County Sheriff's deputies spotted the vehicle in the 5300 block of Salem-Dallas Highway, performed a stop and apprehended the suspects.
The suspects are identified as Anthony James Matthew, 26, and Elizabeth Lambright, 41. They were both charged with aggravated theft and unlawful entry of a vehicle.
Woodburn Police reported that investigators located evidence tied to the theft, including the victim's wallet, credit cards and cash. The suspects are believed to have spent some of that cash at the casino.
Woodburn Police also put out a reminder to remove valuables from the car, close windows and lock doors and park in well-lit areas or busy lots with frequent pedestrian traffic when possible.
"Most 'smash-and-grabs' aren't typically performed by criminal masterminds, just casual opportunists," Woodburn Police spokesman Tommy Moore noted. "If they can see something of interest, they're more likely to break in and take it.
"If you must leave items in your vehicle, make sure your valuables are out of sight. Never leave anything lying out on your seats, dashboard or floor," Moore added.