UPDATED: Dog stolen in Clackamas armed robbery; tips sought


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Oct. 19, 2012, 4:52 p.m.

Media and Interested Parties


Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-31395


As reported in The Oregonian, an arrest has been made and the bulldog puppy has been returned to its owners.


On October 19, 2012, at about 2:45 p.m. in the 12000 block of SE 82nd Avenue, Clackamas, a husband and wife were robbed of their English Bulldog pup at gunpoint.  The male victim was identified as Jim Steele, age 68, of Oregon City.  The female victim was identified as Pat Steele, age 62, also of Oregon City.

Jim Steele had arranged to meet the suspect to sell him the pup, after advertising it for sale on the website for his business, Aldercrest Kennels.  The advertised price for the pup was $2,000.

The suspect looked at the pup briefly, then pulled out a semi-auto handgun, pointed it at the victims and told them to give him their wallets, watches, and cell phones.  The victims refused and the suspect then reached into the car, grabbed the pup, and ran to a waiting car driven by a second suspect.

The suspects drove off towards Sunnyside Road and though the victims briefly gave chase, they quickly lost sight of the vehicle.  They called 911 from the side of the road on I205N.

The first suspect was described as a black male adult, between 20 and 30 years old, 5'8" tall, and 150 pounds.  He was wearing a green sweatshirt with black patches of some kind on it, as well as some kind of hat.  He was armed with a silver colored semi-automatic handgun.

The second suspect driving the car was only described as a black male adult.

The vehicle was described as a dirty black, 1995 Acura, Washington plate 246YRU, with an unknown state trip permit in the rear window.

Deputies are investigating the incident as a robbery.  The victims did not report any injuries.


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 #12-31395.

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 #12-31395.


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Contact Info:

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

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