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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Dec. 17, 2015, 9:55 a.m.

UPDATE: Porch-theft Grinches face charges following car chase, crash, arrest

UPDATE (Dec. 17, 2015): Porch-theft Grinches face charges following car chase, crash, arrest

Please reference CCSO Case # 15-33235


Dec. 15 theft surveillance video, featuring suspect and car (.mp4 format):

Multnomah County Booking Photo: Suspect Joshua Joseph HowardThe Grinch (Grinches, actually) Who Stole The Holiday Caramel Corn are now facing charges following citizen tips and a car chase that ended in a crash.

Thanks to the outstanding surveillance video in this brazen porch theft (linked above), the Sheriff's Office received several citizen tips, and detectives were able to identify two suspects in the package-theft case (CCSO Case #15-33235): Kierra Mitchell, 29, and Joshua Howard, 33, both from Portland. 

Mitchell and Howard were associated with a black-colored 2004 Volvo S60 -- the same type of vehicle seen in the surveillance video.

Sheriff's Office detectives located the vehicle in Portland. The vehicle had been painted to change its appearance: It now sported two large white stripes and the wheels had been painted white.

As detectives watched the vehicle, a male suspect -- Joshua Howard -- entered it and started driving away. When detectives attempted to stop the vehicle, there was a short pursuit that ended when the car crashed into a parked truck.

Photos from the crash scene are attached.

The driver was identified as suspect Joshua Howard. He was treated for injuries sustained in the crash, taken into custody and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on an outstanding warrant. His full Multnomah County Jail booking info (and photo) is here.

[ UPDATE: Kierra Mitchell's full Clackamas County Jail booking info is now here. ]

Kierra Mitchell and Joshua Howard will be charged with theft of mail, a class C felony. Joshua Howard is also facing several other charges, including attempting to elude.

Photos of the two suspects are attached. The original Dec. 17 release is below.


EARLIER (Dec. 17, 2015): Can you help us find The Grinch Who Stole The Holiday Caramel Corn?


Please reference CCSO Case # 15-33235

Surveillance video (.mp4 format):

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is looking for another package thief -- and the surveillance video is excellent. Can you help us ID the cigarette-smoking thief and her driver?

At approximately 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, USPS dropped a package off on a front porch on the 17000 block S. Potter Rd. Oregon City (close to Redland).

At approximately 3:39 p.m. that same day, the suspect(s) -- our Grinches -- pulled up in a black Volvo with distinctive black rims. A female suspect -- with dyed blond hair, wearing faded blue jeans, green-toned gloves, a black jacket with a light fur collar, and Chuck Taylor-style sneakers -- exited the Volvo from the passenger side and brazenly stole the package from the porch in broad daylight, all while smoking a cigarette.

The package contained homemade caramel corn from a relative.

The surveillance video is in color, and two versions can be downloaded from the Dropbox links above. The suspects in the black Volvo may be responsible for other package thefts, and police are aggressively pursuing leads and seeking tips in this case.


Any tips regarding this incident can be called in using the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (503) 723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form -- please refer to CCSO Case # 15-33235.

The Sheriff's Office urges citizens to have packages delivered to secure locations or in person -- especially during the upcoming holiday season.


The victim in this case is available for media interviews. Contact our PIO to arrange.


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Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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