Police track and nab Argay Terrace business burglar

Officers tracked him down fast, in Parkrose; but, this accused thief was out of jail, and back on the street, within hours of the crime he’s charged with having committed …

Police come out to investigate a not-so-subtle outer East Portland burglary in Argay Terrace – in which a thief smashed in the door of a neighborhood store.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

While the store owners did recover much of the merchandise taken in the early morning commercial, retail store burglary in the Argay Terrace neighborhood on Thursday, October 22, they were still figuring out how to fix the damage done to business as the suspect was set free from jail the same morning.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North Precinct officers were called to the Parkrose Liquor store in Argay Square, along NE 122nd Avenue, when an audible burglar alarm was tripped at 1:44 a.m.

“When officers arrived, they found that the front door of the business had been smashed,” said PPB Public Information Officer Derek Carmon.

How officers solved it was unclear, but the investigation apparently led officers to the Courtesy Inn Motel in Parkrose, on NE Sandy Boulevard.

Here’s the loot the accused burglar made off with – retrieved by sleuthing law enforcement officers soon after the larceny was discovered.

It looked like the thief was hungry, in need of a smoke and a light, and had eyes very sensitive to the sun – because more than 100 packages of cigarettes and cigars, display boxes of BIC lighters, numerous sun glasses, and several bags of Lay’s Barbecue chips were taken in the heist.

“A suspect was located at the motel; and officers recovered over $600 in stolen property,” Carmon reported.

Although charged with a felony, and apparently caught with the loot, 25-year-old Jadon Nathaniel Hockett spent only a few hours in custody.

Officers arrested 25-year-old Jadon Nathaniel Hockett of Portland; he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center that morning, at 4:22 a.m., on the Class C Felony charge of Burglary in the Second Degree.

But after his arraignment, a friendly Multnomah County District Court judge released Hockett that same day without bail. Release Reason: Pre Trial Supervision.

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