The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving hundreds of vehicle vandalisms in Portland.
On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at noon, "Christina," whose vehicle was damaged twice this year, and a detective who has been investigating these crimes, will be available to talk to media. Interviews will be on the 15th floor of the Justice Center, Chief's Office Conference Room.
Since late May 2013, the Portland Police Bureau has received hundreds of reports of vehicle vandalisms in several Portland neighborhoods. The Alameda, Irvington, Rose City, and Grand Park neighborhoods in Northeast Portland have received the bulk of the vandalisms but reports also indicate that the crime has spread into Southeast Portland's Laurelhurst, Richmond, Sunnyside, Sellwood, and Kerns neighborhoods.
The vandal or vandals appear to be primarily targeting SUV's (both large and small crossover-style), trucks and vans parked in the street and are puncturing a tire. Some victims have been hit multiple times. Additionally, the vandal or vandals have targeted convertible tops and motorcycle seats. Investigators have not yet been able to determine if all of these cases are related.
The Crime Analysis Unit has found more than 400 reports have been filed and, on average, 20-25 new reports are filed each week. The cost estimate to victims of this damage is estimated at more than $100,000. Reports indicate that the damage is generally occurring during nighttime hours, every day of the week.
At this point there is no suspect information and most victims are discovering the damage in the morning, well after the crime occurred.
Anyone seeing suspicious activity consistent with these reports is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.
Victims discovering damage to vehicles are asked to file reports online by visiting http://www.portlandpolice.com
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.
Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.