Police in Portland, Oregon have arrested four suspects connected to a string of early morning burglaries that took place this week at cannabis dispensaries in the area.
At 2:01 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, the North Precinct dispatched officers to a dispensary located at 801 NE Broadway after receiving an alarm call.
At 2:07 a.m., the Precinct dispatched officers to a dispensary located at 2145 NE MLK Boulevard after a second alarm call was received.
Officers went to another dispensary at 5700 NE Sandy Boulevard at 3:09 a.m. when a third alarm call came in.
At 3:25 a.m., the East Precinct dispatched officers to a dispensary in the area of Northeast 67 and Glisan Street after receiving a call about suspicious activity.
The caller provided the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) with a description of the vehicle involved in the suspicious activity.
PPB says that a K9 officer also shared information on the radio about the previous events in North Precinct.
Within minutes, officers from the East Precinct located a vehicle matching the description given by the caller and conducted a traffic stop near Southeast 92 Avenue and Powell Boulevard.
Officers detained the four occupants of the vehicle for questioning; a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds, and 27-year-old Shawndell Deshazo.
According to PPB, officers found a substantial amount of evidence from the burglaries inside the vehicle.
“This is a great example of cooperation between our police officers, K9 unit, and members of the public to coordinate information and apprehend those involved in criminal acts,” says Chief Chuck Lovell. “Burglaries negatively impact our community members especially in these challenging times where we are experiencing a pandemic and economic crisis.”
Lovell says that he is proud to support the PPB’s efforts as they continue to work to prevent crimes and apprehend the responsible parties when possible.
Authorities detained the three juveniles and transported them to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention for offenses that include two counts of Burglary II and Attempt Burglary II.
Deshazo faces charges of two counts of Burglary II and Attempt Burglary II and is currently booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center.