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Volume 5, Issue 7


July 2007

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Suspect in Rash of Vehicle Break-ins

Washington County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies arrested a suspect in the recent rash of vehicle break-ins in the Bethany, Rock Creek, and Cedar Mill areas. Steven Frank White was arrested on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). Mr. White is also a lead suspect in many of the recent vehicle break-ins in the Bethany, Rock Creek, and Cedar Hills areas. These areas of unincorporated Washington County are within the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD) and are serviced by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Three to four weeks ago detectives noticed an unusual increase in the number of vehicle break-ins reported in northeastern Washington County. It became apparent that one or more suspects were working the area at night. Many of the victims reported smelling a strong odor of cigarettes in their car. About two weeks ago, detectives received an anonymous tip about a suspect that was breaking into cars, and who had stolen a gun during one of these incidents. The suspect was not named at that time, but enough information was given that detectives were able to identify him soon after as Mr. White.

Washington County detectives began to investigate Mr. White and kept him under surveillance during some of this time. They were able to gather enough evidence to believe that Mr. White was responsible for a large number of the recent break-ins, and that he was the suspect leaving the smell of smoke behind. On Monday, June 25 at about 11:30 p.m. a Washington County patrol deputy pulled Mr. White over for an unrelated traffic offense and towed his vehicle. During a search of the vehicle the deputy found a Chinese-made semi-automatic hand gun. By that time, Mr. White had left the scene, but was later arrested at his residence located at 12618 NW Barnes Road #9.

A search warrant was served at that location after his arrest. At this time detectives have recovered some of the property taken during the vehicle break-ins, and they believe that Mr. White has sold some of the property to unwitting buyers through Craig’s List. Anyone who has bought items from Mr. White is asked to contact Sheriff’s Office detectives at 503-846-2700.



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