Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigators and officers from the Portland Police Bureau last week arrested Dusty Dow Baker, who became known as the Moto Bandit after allegedly burglarizing several restaurants in Clackamas County — including Philadelphia's Steaks and Hoagies in West Linn — earlier this spring.
CCSO and PPB took Baker, 34, into custody Thursday, July 1 and booked him in Clackamas County jail on four counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree attempted burglary, attempt to elude a police officer and first-degree theft.
According to CCSO, Baker tried to break into Philadelphia's Steaks and Hoagies in the early hours of April 4, the first of four similar burglaries throughout the county within a month.
Baker reportedly removed two electric meters outside the restaurant in an attempt to disarm the restaurant security system, and then drove off on his motorcycle.
Baker returned two hours later and allegedly broke the front window of the restaurant with a hammer.
He left the restaurant around 4:24 a.m. with no money or goods, apparently dissuaded from stealing anything after the arrival of a bread delivery truck, according to a CCSO press release.
Law enforcement learned after reviewing surveillance footage that Baker visited the restaurant with a woman only hours before the burglary.
"The Moto Bandit changed shirts and entered the business, checking windows and doors before leaving the business with the woman," CCSO's press release stated.
According to Philadelphia's Steaks and Hoagies owner Cameron Moore, costs to repair the damage and secure the building the following morning were about $665. Moore said though Baker ripped out the building's electrical meters, he hadn't yet seen a charge from Portland General Electric.
Less than two hours after burglarizing Philadelphia's, Baker allegedly broke into an Elmer's restaurant in Clackamas and attempted to rob an ATM with an angle grinder, but left with no cash.
Two weeks later, on April 13, Baker reportedly again used his angle grinder in an attempt to steal cash from an ATM but was again unsuccessful. He broke a window at Chester's Pub in Boring to access the ATM.
On April 29, Baker returned to the Elmer's in Clackamas and again used the angle grinder to cut in the ATM, causing "extensive damage to the machine," police said.
CCSO believes Baker traveled throughout Oregon and Southeast Washington during his crime spree and invites anyone with information on Baker or additional crimes he may have committed to call 503-723-4949 and reference Case # 21-951810.
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