Happy Valley PD makes arrest in two-week theft spree; items currently being returned to residents; tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 3:17 p.m.





Happy Valley residents reclaim stolen itemsA few updates:

1. CORRECTION: References to an accomplice removed from release below. Authorities are not seeking to ID an accomplice at this time.

2. VIDEO OF SUSPECT VEHICLE: Video of the suspect vehicle that provided a major break in the case can now be downloaded from this Dropbox address.

3. PHOTOS: Photos of some of the recovered stolen items -- and Happy Valley residents reclaiming them -- are now linked above.

4. ADDITIONAL STATEMENT FROM CHIEF ANDERSON: Folks are already getting their stolen items back. One of them told us, "We're just a small family construction business. When our tools get stolen, that affects everything. It could mean our house if we can't work."

EARLIER (Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 3:17 p.m.) -- Happy Valley PD makes arrest in rash of car clouts; tips sought


Please reference CCSO Case # 18-004619

Booking photo: Dylan Leif YoungThe Happy Valley Police arrested a suspect last night in a theft spree that had plagued Happy Valley in recent weeks.

Last night (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2018) at 1:41 a.m., deputies contracted to Happy Valley PD spotted a suspect vehicle in the recent rash of car clouts, car thefts, and item thefts -- a crime spree that had spiked in several Happy Valley neighborhoods in the last two weeks.

Deputies activated patrol lights and pulled over the suspect vehicle. Inside, deputies found driver Dylan Young, age 20, driving. Deputies also spotted several tools and duffel bags in the car, along with knives and drug paraphernalia. A drug dog, K9 Urban of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, alerted on the suspect vehicle.

Deputies then searched the car -- finding ID belonging to multiple Happy Valley residents, stolen tools, heroin, meth, an Airsoft replica gun, knives, 5 cell phones, and 6 garage door openers, among other items.
Young reportedly told deputies he'd been on a two-week meth binge and had been driving to Happy Valley several nights a week to look for items and vehicles to steal. He further told deputies he had been searching for unlocked cars, taking whatever he could, and entering garages opened using the various garage-door openers in his possession.
In the process of the search and resulting arrest, deputies learned information linking Young with known thefts in the area.

In the last two weeks, Happy Valley PD has responded to reports of four stolen cars and over 30 thefts.
Happy Valley authorities are currently going through theft reports over the last two weeks to connect recovered property with victim owners. Several victims have already been contacted
"We dedicated significant resources to these cases over the last couple weeks," said Happy Valley Police Chief Scott Anderson, who had written extensively about the crime spree on the Happy Valley PD Facebook page. "This included crime analysis, detective work, stakeouts, and our patrol folks taking reports and chasing leads. One of the key pieces that helped us make the arrest was a canvas of one neighborhood in which we discovered video surveillance that revealed the suspect vehicle. This was a key break in the case."

Dylan Leif Young is currently lodged in Clackamas County Jail on charges including Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Controlled Substance -- Heroin. Bail is set at $52,500. This investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges.


The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information on Dylan Young or his alleged crimes 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 # 18-004619.

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


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office