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Multi-Agency Holiday Retail Theft Mission Yields Positive Results

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Portland Police, with multiple agencies, arrested 110+ individuals, recovered nine stolen vehicles, and over $10,000 in stolen goods during a three-day holiday retail theft mission. This ongoing effort aims to deter crimes and improve livability in Portland.

 The Portland Police Bureau teamed up with several law enforcement agencies across Multnomah County for a holiday retail theft mission that resulted in arrests and the recovery of stolen merchandise.

From Friday, November 24, 2023, to Sunday, November 26, 2023, personnel from the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, and Port of Portland Police conducted a three-day holiday retail theft mission that was announced earlier that week (Multi-Agency Retail Theft Press Conference). Upwards of 35 people from the four law enforcement agencies spent the three days interrupting shoplifters at Gresham Station Shopping Center, Gresham Town Fair, Oregon Trail Center, Gateway Shopping Center, Mall 205, Cascade Station Shopping Center, Jantzen Beach Center, and Hayden Meadows Square. Retail establishments in Historic Downtown Gresham, Downtown Portland, and along Northeast 122nd and Northwest 23rd Avenues in Portland were also a focus for law enforcement. Final numbers are still being compiled, but more than 110 people were arrested on misdemeanor and felony warrants, as well as charges that include Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the Second Degree, Theft in the Third Degree, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Nine stolen vehicles were recovered and more than $10,000 in stolen merchandise was recovered during the mission. Additionally, drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized.

Missions like this one go a long way in improving livability across the area seeing as the individuals involved in shoplifting are often involved in criminal activity that extends far beyond retail theft. Therefore, similar missions will continue for the foreseeable future to deter retail theft and other crimes across Portland.