Porch pirates crash stolen Mercedes and leave their dog behind


Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, two suspects entered the secure area at the Stevens Creek Apartments in Happy Valley by following a resident inside. The suspects then opened an exterior garage door and drove a stolen silver 2001 Mercedes coupe (Washington license plate 463XBV) into the garage area. The male then loaded the Mercedes up with packages stolen from the apartment lobby. The male also stole a motorcycle helmet and backpack off a nearby motorcycle. The two then fled the scene in the stolen Mercedes.

Authorities were already aware of the suspects and the stolen Mercedes: A few days earlier, on Oct. 8, Thurston County, Washington deputies had pursued the suspects in the same stolen Mercedes, but terminated that pursuit for safety reasons. The suspects are wanted for mail theft, burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 13., at approximately 12:10 a.m., a Clackamas County patrol deputy attempted to stop a two-door silver Mercedes with Washington license plates near the Walmart located at 10000 SE 82nd Ave. The deputy lost sight of the vehicle near SE Idleman and SE Walnut Dr. in Happy Valley.

The deputy who took the earlier report of the thefts was working in Happy Valley and knew the vehicle description matched the suspects from his burglary investigation. That deputy spotted the suspect vehicle at SE Idleman Rd and SE Mt Scott Blvd. in Happy Valley. He was able to verify the license plate matched the suspect’s from the burglaries.

The suspects attempt to flee from the deputy at a high rate of speed on SE Ridgecrest Rd. This is a narrow road with large speed bumps. The suspect lost control of the vehicle near SE 132nd Ave and slid off the road while attempting to elude the deputy.     

As deputies pulled up on the crashed stolen Mercedes, the two suspects fled the vehicle and eluded capture.

As seen on dashcam footage, the male suspect was carrying a small dog as he fled the scene.

While deputies could not locate the suspects, they did recover the dog -- which was apparently abandoned at the scene by the suspects.

The dog was not injured and is currently in the care of Clackamas County Dog Services. The dog is white with a few light brown spots. It is a mixed breed and is believed to be a Heeler/Pitbull mix. The dog is a one-year-old male.

Anyone with information on the identities of the suspects is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip

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