The neighborhood response team in the central district is seeking help from the communities in locating the owners of the stolen goods they have recovered. (Photo)

December 28, 2021 12:41 PM

Over the past month, the Central Ward Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) investigated a series of burglaries in southeast Portland. Burglars have repeatedly broken into a specific house, stealing a vehicle and many collectibles. Their exhaustive investigation uncovered vital evidence that led the Neighborhood Response Team to request a warrant to search the residence at 1324 14th Avenue South East.

On December 21, 2021, with the help of the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), Central Precinct NRT served the search warrant and several people were taken into police custody. A search of the residence resulted in the recovery of goods stolen from the initially burgled house, as well as a firearm, an electric motorcycle, a Segway, suspected stolen industrial equipment, a stolen firefighter’s jacket, a key cutter and several dozen stolen, falsified and fraudulent checks and financial documents. In total, over 70 pieces of evidence were sized. Property seized by the Neighborhood Response Team suggests these individuals were involved in numerous criminal events in the interior of Southeast Portland, in both commercial and residential locations.

Jay Lamb, 35, of Portland, has been charged with first-degree theft, stolen goods and second-degree burglary, and housed in the Multnomah County Detention Center. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Karen Brown, 27, was held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the basis of two existing felony arrest warrants, with additional charges expected as this investigation continues.

Jeffrey Garder, 45, and Koy Hill, 52, both of Portland, have been cited for current terms.

The Central Compound Neighborhood Response Team is asking for the public’s help in identifying the owners of a salvaged Segway and a beige (non-Portland Fire) firefighter’s coat. Anyone with information is asked to send an email to [email protected] for the attention of Central NRT.

Photograph: Segway and Firefight Jacket

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