Happy Valley Police arrest two following burglary at vacant home containing stolen car; additional tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: March 3, 2015, 2:45 p.m.


CCSO Case # 15-6127 collage

Please reference CCSO Case # 15-6127


On Monday, March 2, 2015, Happy Valley Police arrested two suspects accused of burglarizing a vacant home in Happy Valley.

At approximately 7:18 a.m. on March 2, a vigilant neighbor called 911 to report a possible burglary in progress. A suspect red Ford Explorer had pulled into the garage of the vacant home in Happy Valley.

A few minutes later, Chief Shane Strangfield of the Happy Valley Police arrived and staged in the area.

A minute later, a suspect vehicle -- matching the caller description and reportedly lacking a front license plate -- drove past Chief Strangfield. He began to follow in his vehicle.

"The suspect vehicle immediately began to drive erratically in the road," wrote Chief Strangfield in his incident report, "pulling right into driveways, like it was going to stop, then would quickly jerk back left into the roadway and continue to drive north.... In my experience ... this behavior typically indicates a person is looking for a place to park the vehicle and flee on foot."

The suspect vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the roadway. When backup from the Happy Valley Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrived, two suspects were taken into custody.

Subsequent searches of the vehicle and suspects revealed a child's safety seat, a glass pipe, a pocket knife, a black bag containing multiple bolt-cutters and a crowbar, ID not belonging to either suspect, equipment used to monitor police broadcasts, and a stolen bin full of tools.

A search of the vacant address revealed a damaged lock-box, a spray-paint smell and strange painting on the garage-door windows. A stolen Honda was found parked in the vacant home's garage. Its owner has been contacted.

The 911 caller had told dispatchers about past problems with possible squatting at the vacant home. The notification by the vigilant neighbor, to police dispatch, was key to the apprehension of these two suspects.

The suspect driver -- Jay Brian Laneville, 34, of SE Portland -- initially told deputies the vacant home once belonged to his mother (it doesn't; the home is vacant, and an unrelated man appears on tax records for the home, and had given no one permission to be inside). At one point Laneville also reportedly told deputies that he and the suspect passenger -- Shana Brannen, 33, of SE Portland -- had previously parked at the address and engaged in sexual relations for thrills.

Suspects Jay Brian Laneville and Shana Brannen were arrested and booked in the Clackamas County Jail. Full arrest info:

Jay Brian Laneville
Full booking info
Charges: Burglary I, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Total bail: $80,000

Shana Brannen
Full booking info
Charges: Burglary I, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Total bail: $80,000

Photos of the suspects, vehicle and the stolen Honda in the vacant home's garage are attached to this release.

Happy Valley PD is withholding the address of the vacant home to discourage further criminal activity in the area.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.


Anyone with additional information on the activities of suspects is urged to contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form. Please reference CCSO Case # 15-6127.


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

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