Credit cards, stolen in Wilkes burglary, used in Gateway

CRIME STOPPER ALERT: Help cops bust these two. They might not be the thieves – but police say they were caught red-handed, on video, with the loot ….

Police say this unidentified woman is going on a shopping spree at the Mall 205 Target store – using someone else’s credit card.

By David F. Ashton
Perhaps the burglar picked the 3900 block of NE 149th Avenue, in Wilkes Community Group in far northeast outer East Portland, because it’s such a quiet working-class neighborhood.

At any rate, while the residents were at their jobs on March 19, a burglar broke into a house there.

“One of the items taken in the burglary was the victim’s purse, containing miscellaneous personal identification and credit cards,” Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson told East Portland News.

Five days later, on March 24, officers learned that the victim’s credit card had been used at the Mall 205 Target store, at 9800 SE Washington Street in the Gateway district, Simpson said.

Purchases made, this happy couple strolls out of the store, carrying goods bought with a stolen credit card.

“Officers worked with Target’s ‘Asset Protection’ associates to locate surveillance video of the person using the victim’s stolen credit card.”

The effort was successful. By checking recordings made on the date and at the time of the fraudulent purchases, they narrowed down their search to two suspects.
“The suspect is described as a white female in her 20s to 30s, shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with ‘Oregon’ written on the front,” Simpson described. “The male with her is white, in his 20s to 30s, with short sandy blonde hair, wearing a dark zip-up ‘American Eagle’ sweatshirt, and blue jeans.”

-3 The crooks make their getaway in this newer silver pick-up with a bed cover, police say

The still frames from the surveillance video aren’t that sharp, but you might be able to make out more by watching that video on “YouTube” which detectives have posted: CLICK HERE to see it.

If you think you may know the identity of these suspects, contact Det. Doug Halpin by e-mail at:
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 in any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online [CLICK HERE], 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.

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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