‘Baguette burglars’ busted

See how police captured the duo who burglarized Best Baguette, about an hour after the heist – they were caught red-handed with the ‘bread” …

Long after Best Baguette Vietnamese-style sandwich store in the Lents neighborhood had closed for the day, a pair of burglars broke in, hoping to strike it rich – or at least, have a late-night snack.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers arrived at 2:35 a.m. on May 1, the burglar alarm was sounding at Best Baguette, located at 8308 SE Powell Boulevard.

“Officers located evidence of a burglary,” confirmed PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

After determining that the culprits had fled, officers reviewed surveillance video at the business and got a good description of the suspects.

“At 3:22 a.m., officers spotted two men matching the suspect description standing at SE 82nd Avenue of Roses and Powell Boulevard,” Simpson said. “Both were taken into custody without incident, and transported to Burglary detectives to be interviewed,” he added.

44-year-old Ly Quang Tran is booked on burglary charges and released, but has another brief visit to jail, again, two days later.

44-year-old Ly Quang Tran was booked into the Multnomah Count Detention Center (MCDC) at 8:37 a.m. two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony. Tran was released under the Multnomah County Jail’s “Pretrial Services Program” later that day.

However Tran wasn’t free for long. On May 3, he was again booked into MCDC, this time at 1:28 a.m., on Misdemeanor charges of Theft in the Third Degree and Trespass in the Second Degree. Tran was again set free later the same day. Reason: Released on Own Recognizance.

Also arrested on burglary charges is 44-year-old Hieu Van Duong.

The suspected accomplice in the sandwich store burglary, 44-year-old Hieu Van Duong, was booked into MCDC at 8:37 a.m. on May 1 on two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony.

Tran was also released under the Multnomah County Jail’s “Pretrial Services Program” later that day and so far doesn’t appear to have been arrested again.

Both suspects will soon have their day in court to answer their respective charges.

© 2017 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland

 

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