Auto Theft Mission Successful

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Portland Police had their most successful auto theft recover mission over the weekend.

On Saturday, members of East Precinct were joined by the Port of Portland Police, Gresham Police, Multnomah County Parole and Probation, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, as they sought to find and arrest people who were actively driving stolen vehicles in our community.

In keeping with their goal of conducting fewer traffic stops with a higher likelihood of the vehicles being stolen, SVO has again improved upon their ratio. Previously, their best mission resulted in 15 stolen vehicles from 30 traffic stops. This weekend they stopped 21 vehicles, 12 of which were found to be stolen.

A summary of the Stolen Vehicle Operation results is below:

  • Stops: 21
  • Stolen Vehicles: 12
  • Custodies: 14
  • Warrants Serviced: 20
  • Vehicle Eludes: 8
  • Eludes on foot: 6
  • Illegally Possessed Firearms: 2
  • Vehicles Towed: 12
  • Overall Mission Ratio: 1 : 2 (raw number 1 : 1.75)

In addition to the traffic stops, as part of the mission members of SVO planned and executed a search warrant that resulted in the recovery of parts stolen from a large number of vehicles, and two suspects being taken into custody. One of the suspects, 24-year-old Jesse Dane Brower, was identified as a probable serial car thief. Brower was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving, and Possession of Burglary Tools. The case against Brower is open and active, and more charges are expected.

The East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) received information from the Facebook group PDX Stolen Cars that they were then able to follow-up on during the SVO mission. This information led to the recovery of one occupied stolen vehicle and one unoccupied stolen.

Source: Portland Police

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