- Stolen U-Haul -- open back door with stolen goods
- Stolen U-Haul -- side view
- Jason Edward Stidham (older Nevada booking photo)
- Jason Edward Stidham (current booking information)
On May 1, an alert Clark County Sheriff's Office deputy recovered a stolen U-Haul stuffed with stolen goods -- and helped clear several Clackamas County burglary investigations in the process.
On Wednesday, May 1, Clark County Deputy Eric O'Dell was on routine patrol in Vancouver, Washington when he noticed a U-Haul truck parked in the 7900 block of NE Hwy. 99. The engine was running and a male -- later identified as suspect Jason Edward Stidham, 35 -- was reportedly asleep behind the wheel.
Deputy O'Dell contacted Stidham, who allegedly gave a false name. While the deputy was checking to see if the U-Haul truck was stolen, Stidham reportedly fled the scene. Deputies pursued, but were unable to locate Stidham.
Stidham was later arrested by the Portland Police Bureau on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. He is currently being held at Inverness Jail on fugitive warrants (two counts, stemming from Reno, Nevada burglary charges) -- plus charges of False Info to a Police Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) 2; PCS 3; PCS Meth; and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Bail is set at $220,000. Current booking info can be found here.
The U-Haul involved in the May 1 incident was quickly confirmed as being stolen from Portland, Oregon, with stolen Arizona license plates affixed.
Inside the U-Haul was a remarkable cache of stolen items -- reportedly from multiple burglaries in Tualatin, Rhododendron, Canby, Sandy, and other cities. Reportedly among the recovered items was property stolen during cabin burglaries in the Rhododendron area and an April 29 burglary spree in Tualatin's Martinazzi Square Shopping Center -- in which a suspect or suspects entered one store and broke through walls inside to burglarize neighboring businesses. An estimated $44,000 worth of prescription medication was stolen during that incident alone. The stolen U-Haul was stuffed with trash cans filled with medication, furniture, tools, DVD players, stereos, silverware, toys, plates, TVs, rugs, sleds, military gear, and even an urn containing the remains of one victim's mother.
Photos of the stolen U-Haul stuffed with stolen items are attached to this release.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Detective Paul Wade is among those helping return the recovered items to their rightful owners. "Clark County just helped me clear eight to ten local burglaries on our caseload," he said. "We appreciate the help, and so do the victims."
ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT
Jason Edward Stidham is now in custody, but if you have additional information on his alleged rash of elaborate burglaries and vehicle thefts, please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form.
Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office