Home security footage helps police catch car break-in suspect
Footage from a home security camera helped West Linn Police identify a suspect allegedly involved in multiple car break-ins in West Linn in recent weeks.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2 a citizen provided police the footage, which showed 40-year-old Elijah Cunningham stealing from their car around 2:20 a.m. that morning, a press release from WLPD stated.
Officers recognized the suspect in the video from another investigation, West Linn Public Information Officer Jeff Halverson said.
Police located Cunningham around noon Wednesday in the parking lot of a West Linn apartment complex, where he had been staying. Upon questioning, Cunningham admitted to the break-in.
According to the press release, officers found evidence in Cunningham's car and apartment related to several other reported break-ins as well as from unreported crimes.
Multiple people, mostly around Blankenship and Deebok Roads, have called police in the past few weeks reporting personal items, including wallets, cameras and computers, stolen from their cars. In some cases the thief stole from unlocked cars, though he damaged other cars to gain entry, usually by smashing windows.
Cunningham was booked in Clackamas County jail Wednesday on five charges of theft, five charges of unlawful entry of a vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief, identity theft, theft of mail and parole violation.
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