Sheriff's Office arrests suspect after alleged daytime burglary of occupied home in Clackamas; additional tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: April 30, 2012

Media and Interested Parties


Photo: Oliver Gruenenfelder


Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-12597

At about 11:40 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012, Mr. Hong Pak, who lives in the 13000 block of SE 139th Avenue of Clackamas, Oregon, heard a knock at his front door. He did not answer.

A few minutes later, he heard someone opening drawers in his mother's bedroom and went to investigate.

Mr. Pak was surprised to find a man he did not recognize going through his mother's jewelry. He confronted the man and chased him out of the house.

Mr. Pak wisely did not attempt to stop the suspect. Instead, he noted the description of the suspect -- as well as the license plate and description of the vehicle.

Alert Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies located the vehicle at about 12:15 p.m. on Monday in the 7600 block of SE McBride Street in Milwaukie.

The driver of the vehicle -- Oliver Ray Gruenenfelder, age 37, of Milwaukie -- was positively identified as the suspect in the burglary. Property stolen from Mr. Pak's home was recovered from inside the suspect's vehicle.

Oliver Gruenenfelder is on felony probation for Burglary I out of Clackamas County.

Gruenenfelder was arrested and charged with Burglary I and Driving while Suspended --Misdemeanor. He has a first appearance at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Investigators believe Gruenenfelder is a suspect in several other Clackamas area burglaries, and are seeking additional tips.

Mr. Pak is willing to talk with the media about the incident. Contact PIO Sgt. Adam Phillips for contact details.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime and other crimes Gruenenfelder may be involved in.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to 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. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-12597.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-12597.

Contact Info:
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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