Sheriff's Office, Happy Valley PD, Oregon City PD, Canby PD work together to recover massive haul of stolen items; tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: March 5, 2015, 4:17 p.m.

 

Stolen items/suspect collage

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Please reference CCSO Case # 15-5825 & 15-3957, Canby PD 15-314, OCPD 15-41

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Happy Valley PD, Canby PD and Oregon City PD worked together to recover a massive haul of stolen items from a single Clackamas County residence.

The investigation started with a Sheriff's Office deputy who was looking into recent thefts from farms in the Aurora area.

The deputy learned of a suspect who stole a truck reportedly committed similar thefts in the Canby area. Canby Police informed him the stolen vehicle contained a GPS tracking device.

The GPS revealed the stolen vehicle had made several stops in unincorporated Clackamas County. Some of these locations had links with previous cases involving stolen property and other arrests.

Using this GPS tracking, Canby Police had located the stolen vehicle in the 19100 block of S, Creek Rd in Clackamas County. They arrested Chris Hamblen, 33 years old, of Oregon City, on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Also according to the GPS tracking, one of the properties the stolen vehicle had stopped at was located the 19800 block of S. Polehn Rd. in Clackamas County, east of Oregon City in the Redland Area. One of the residents at this address is Jason Vaughn Strowbridge, 50 years old, of Oregon City. He had a felony warrant for his arrest for heroin possession.

Sheriff's Office deputies paid a visit to this address and did not locate Jason Strowbridge, but did talk with his mother. Deputies asked if Jason had brought home a pressure-washer recently. A pressure-washer was among the stolen items reported out of Canby.

Strowbridge's mother reportedly said he had. The pressure-washer was in her garage. She took deputies to the garage to show it to them.

The pressure-washer she showed them turned out to be stolen -- but it was not the pressure-washer stolen out of Canby. This pressure washer had been stolen during another theft -- this one reported to Oregon City Police.

This led to the recovery of a massive haul of stolen items.

Deputies then asked about a white trailer, hoping to find one stolen from Aurora. Strowbridge's mother pointed them toward a barn on her property.

Deputies found a trailer that believed might be one stolen from Fir Point Farms in Aurora. All the trailer's identifying numbers had been removed, as well as all of the decals. The deputies were able to find a partial number that matched a stolen trailer -- but not the one they expected. It turned out to be a trailer stolen out of Happy Valley, in a case being investigated by Happy Valley Police.

While recovering the trailer, deputies did not find items reportedly inside the trailer when it was stolen out of Happy Valley. But something else was inside: a custom 2015 Chevy ZL1 Camaro. Registered to a couple in a male who lived in Kaiser. Deputies learned the Camaro was not stolen but registered own might be related to drug activities in Kaiser.

This Camaro had not been in the trailer when it was stolen out of Happy Valley. Deputies learned a credit company had been attempting to locate the vehicle for repossession; over $66,000 was owed on the vehicle.

Deputies also located another heavy dump trailer -- also listed as stolen -- on the property. It had switched license plates.

Deputies also located a vehicle frame -- the remains of a stolen Toyota pickup that had been stripped. This vehicle was reported stolen out of southeastern Oregon.

On Wednesday, March 4, acting on leads, Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from the Oregon City and Happy Valley Police paid another visit to the S. Polehn Rd. address. This time, Jason Strowbridge was inside. He reportedly tried hiding in a closet, but was located by an Oregon City K-9 and taken into custody.

Strowbridge was booked on his felony warrant -- and will also be facing multiple theft and stolen vehicle charges. His complete booking info is here.

Following the arrest, deputies were given consent by the family to search the common areas of the property. They located stolen items from the Happy Valley trailer theft and several Oregon City thefts. Recovered stolen items include:

  • A 20 foot cargo trailer
  • A 16-foot dump trailer
  • A Toyota pickup engine, frame, and running gear
  • 5 chainsaws
  • 30 chainsaw chains
  • 2 leaf blowers
  • 2 air compressors
  • 2 concrete saws
  • 2 gas trimmers

While they did not recover items stolen from Fir Point Farms, deputies hope this investigation will lead them to recovering more stolen items -- and help put a stop to the recent string of thefts in the area.

Booking photos of Hamblen and Stowbridge and photos of just some of the recovered items are attached to this release.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is looking for additional leads in this evolving case.

Anyone with information on this string of thefts, Jason Strowbridge's activities, Chris Hamblen's activities, and any related leads is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at (503) 723-4949 or by using the online email form. Please reference CCSO Case # 15-5825 

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