Burglars ‘caught in the act’

See who police say they suspect to be ‘serial burglars’ – and how two of this ‘gang of four’ were busted in Lents …

Along this quiet block in the Lents Neighborhood, alert neighbors alerted police when they saw two men, snooping around a nearby home.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
When neighbors saw a couple of young adults creeping around a house in the 11100 block of SE Steele Street – looking as if they were up to no good – these witnesses did the right thing, and called 9-1-1 on December 28, just before 1:00 a.m.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct district officers were nearby, and rolled swiftly to the home.

“When the officers arrived, they located two men,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson to East Portland News.

It gets better: “They were parked in a stolen car near the home. Officers learned that the car had been stolen during a burglary in Clackamas County a few days earlier.”

Police say they suspect these two men – Manu Konni Rodrigues, and Jerry Kennis Anderson – of stealing both personal property and a vehicle. MCDC booking photos

Official records show that 18-year-old Manu Konni Rodrigues was arrested at 1:00 a.m. that morning, and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 8:30 a.m. on four counts – including Burglary in the First Degree, and one count each of Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Rodrigues remains lodged Multnomah County Inverness Jail (MCIJ) in lieu of a combined bail of $130,000.

19-year-old Jerry Kennis Anderson was also collared at 1:00 a.m., records show, and was booked into MCDC four minutes after Rodrigues, at 8:34 a.m. – with a list of charges identical to Rodrigues’ – and is currently a fellow inmate at MCIJ, also in lieu of a combined bail amount of $130,000.

Police later pick up this man, Edward Douglas Martin, and file multiple charges. MCDC booking photo

During the investigation, two additional suspects were identified related to burglaries that occurred in Portland and Clackamas County, Simpson said – including 18-year-old Edward Douglas Martin. “He was charged with four counts of Burglary in the First Degree, and one count of Attempted Burglary in the First Degree,” related Simpson.

Martin was arrested on December 28, at 11:00 a.m., and booked into the corrections system at 6:34 p.m. – and remains in at MCIJ in lieu of a combined bail of $120,000.

“Also a 17-year-old male is pending charges in Juvenile Court,” Simpson added. “Portland Police Bureau and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office continue the investigation in these cases.”

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