Police Arrest Suspects Involved in Thefts From Vehicles

Posted Tue, 08/25/2020 - 7:51am

LAKE OSWEGO – Amid a recent significant uptick in thefts from vehicles, Lake Oswego police officers have increased patrols in our apartment complexes and other residential areas. That extra attention paid off early Friday morning, August 21, 2020, when our officers found a person slowly driving through the parking lot of the apartments at 1 Jefferson Parkway with no headlights on at about 3:00 A.M.

Officers initially lost sight of the vehicle, but then found it a short time later in a nearby parking lot. They contacted the female driver and, when checking the vehicle’s identification number, learned that the vehicle had been reported as stolen. The female appeared to have been living in the vehicle for at least a short period of time. Inside the vehicle, officers found stolen mail from at least 15 victims, stolen license plates, many different vehicle keys, and multiple other stolen items.

The female, 30-year-old Shantelle N. McCoy, was arrested and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle (ORS 819.300). Other charges are being referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office and the US Postal Inspection Service.

Then, on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at about 2:40 A.M., while two officers were parked side-by-side on Lakeview Boulevard at South Shore Boulevard discussing some theft from vehicle incidents that had just occurred in the area of West Bay and South Shore Boulevard, they noticed two subjects walking toward them from the area where the thefts had occurred. They contacted the two men and, ultimately, found them to be in possession of some obviously stolen property.

They tried to detain the two, but one of them ran away. One of the officers gave chase while the other officer detained the other man. A K-9 officer from the Hillsboro Police Department responded to assist and, after a short track, he located the suspect hiding in a boat house in the 2600 block of Lakeview Boulevard. The man was taken into custody without further incident.

The man who was located by the K-9, 22-year-old Portland resident Quinn K. Brunner, was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for unlawful entry to a motor vehicle (ORS 164.272), theft 2 (ORS 164.045), and an outstanding arrest warrant for sex abuse. The other man, 26-year-old Portland resident Alex J. Burton, was cited and released for unlawful entry to a motor vehicle (ORS 164.272), theft 3 (ORS 164.043).

While we were fortunate enough to locate and arrest these individuals, we want to encourage residents to remain vigilant; to lock their doors and to not leave anything of value in view in their vehicles. The more people follow these simple tips, the less enticing our neighborhoods will be to potential thieves.