‘Plaid Bandit’ strikes again – once too many, it appears

Read on and find out how, and where, this repeat offender was corralled …

t was at this store in the Lents neighborhood, that the man police are calling the “Plaid Bandit” struck for the second time in about two weeks.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Twice in May, an armed robber stuck up a Plaid Pantry store – the first time was at a store in North Portland on May 7.

The second robbery took place at the store at 6440 SE 82nd Avenue of Roses, at SE Duke Street, at about 2:00 a.m. on May 24.

The armed robber strolls into the store, and first acts like he’s shopping for snacks. PPB-provided surveillance image

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct District officers who responded to the store learned from an employee that the suspect was armed with a handgun in his waistband during the robbery.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, he left the store, direction unknown.

At the counter, police say the bandit demanded, and received, cash from the clerk. PPB provided surveillance image

“On May 26 East Precinct officers stopped a stolen car near 154th Avenue and Harrison Street in the Centennial neighborhood,” later reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. Officers learned that Robbery detectives had identified the driver as the suspect in the convenience  store robberies.”

36-year-old Brandon David Lamb awaits trial on a variety of charges. MCDC booking photo

The man officers arrested was 36-year-old Brandon David Lamb. “Detectives were able to develop Lamb as the suspect independently of anonymous tips,” Simpson remarked.

Lamb was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 1:01 p.m. on May 26, on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree (three counts), Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Lamb is being held in MCDC in lieu of $811,000 combined bail.

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