Victim slashes fleeing burglary suspects' tire with axe; deputies seek tips

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Oct. 10, 2012, 9:18 p.m.

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Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-30361.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Wilsonville Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at about 1:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Sherwood, near the 24000 block of Morgan Lane.

The victim had reportedly pulled into his driveway and called 911 after seeing two males burglarizing his home. The victim confronted the males as they fled the scene, leaving behind the stolen property.

The victim, armed with a pickax, slashed the rear tire of the suspects' car -- a white 1990s sedan  -- as they fled. The males continued to flee the scene in the vehicle, which now had a flat tire.

The victim described the two males as Hispanics in their 20s, dressed in dark clothing. One male was about 5' 9" with an average build, wearing a dark short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. The second male was about 5' 7" with an average build, also wearing a dark-colored shirt and blue jeans.

Deputies canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the suspects or the vehicle.

Then, at about 4:37 p.m., Clackamas County 911 received a call about two suspicious males in the 12000 block of Westfall Rd. in Sherwood. A homeowner reported that two Hispanic males came to his residence and offered him $100 for a two-mile ride into town. The homeowner refused -- and called 911 to report the suspicious activity. The males then reportedly left that area on foot. The description of the two males was similar to the suspects in the earlier burglary at the 24000 block of Morgan Rd., a short distance away.

Deputies responded to the scene and located a white Honda Accord near the address with a flat rear tire. This vehicle is believed to be the suspect vehicle in the earlier burglary. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Clark County, Washington, and also had switched plates.

Deputies located several blue latex gloves in the vehicle matching gloves found at the burglary scene.

The vehicle was impounded and taken to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Property Room to be further examination.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

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 #12-30361.

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 #12-30361.


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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Nate Thompson, Deputy
Office of Public Information
9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd
Clackamas, Oregon 97015

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