Woman caught on camera cashing checks – stolen from Army soldier

Take a look: Turn in this woman, and pick up a $1,000 Crime Stopper cash award …

Red’s Bar & Grill, on SE Foster Road in the Foster-Powell Neighborhood, is known as a friendly local establishment. But it is where a crook stole a US Army soldier’s pickup truck, identification and checks.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
US Army soldier was enjoying some well-earned R&R on the evening of July 14 at Red’s Bar & Grill, located at 7025 SE Foster Road.

While the soldier was relaxing inside the friendly neighborhood establishment, a crook or crooks were busily at work at 11:10 p.m. – breaking into his 2002 Dodge Ram pickup, hotwiring it, and taking it for a brief joyride.

Four hours later, the truck was dumped a few blocks away, at SE 80th Avenue and Bush Street. “When it was found, missing from the truck were several personal items, including the victim’s checkbook,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

This woman, police say, cashed a serviceperson’s stolen checks at an East Portland gas station. Store surveillance photo

“The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is now asking for the public’s help in identifying the identity thief using those stolen checks,” Simpson said.

Detectives investigating the theft released surprisingly-clear surveillance images of a woman using the victim’s checks to purchase items at a Portland-area gas station.

Do you recognize this woman? If so, turn her in, and help police bust a truck-stealing, ID-theft ring. Store surveillance photo

“The suspect is described as white female with a heavy build, driving a dark blue Ford Expedition,” Simpson said.

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.

The woman’s getaway was clean – but one not unobserved. Here’s what her getaway truck looked like. Store surveillance photo

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online: CLICK HERE to open their website. Reference Portland Police Bureau Case #13-58115.

Or, 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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