On Thursday, December 21, 2017, detectives with the Portland Police Bureau's Detective Coordination Team arrested 33-year-old Heriberto Villarino-Zamora in connection with the theft of multiple packages intended for delivery in the Portland metropolitan area.
This investigation began on December 6, 2017, when Detective Coordination Team detectives began an investigation into suspects believed to be involved in multiple thefts from area retailers.
During their investigation, detectives used the OfferUp website to locate and identify suspects and recover stolen items. Over the first two days of the mission, detectives recovered over $15,000 in stolen property. During the preliminary investigation, detectives also identified Villarino-Zamora as a suspect in the theft of multiple packages they had not yet recovered.
As detectives continued the investigation into Villarino-Zamora, they learned he was a private courier contracted to ship packages for a national retailer. Detectives believed Villarino-Zamora had stolen packages he was supposed to deliver throughout the Portland metropolitan area.
As a result of the investigation, detectives learned Villarino-Zamora lived in the 1300 block of Northwest Wonderview Drive in Gresham. Detectives applied for a warrant to search his residence. The warrant was signed by a judge. Early Thursday morning, members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) assisted Detective Coordination Team detectives in the service of the warrant. During the warrant, detectives arrested Villarino-Zamora and located hundreds of stolen packages, valued at over $16,500.00, and recovered $4,900.00 in cash.
Villarino-Zamora was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree.
Souce: Portland Police Bureau