Three men who deputies said planned to smoke meth and break into a Hillsboro woman's home had their alleged scheme foiled by a sheriff's deputy who stopped their car for an unsignaled lane change.
The deputy stopped the car Saturday evening near 185th Avenue and Evergreen Parkway, and learned the driver, 43-year-old John Phillips, had a revoked license and was driving the car illegally.
Inside the car, the deputy found credit cards, a driver's license and keys that were stolen from Mt. Hood Ski Bowl earlier in the day, officials said.
Phillips and two passengers planned to go to the victims' home, located about 1 mile away from where the traffic stop took place, and burglarize it, according to the sheriff's office.
In addition to the stolen property, deputies found a glass pipe used for smoking meth, 4 grams of meth, a large kitchen knife, a baseball bat and a pry bar inside the car.
"For all they know I live here by myself, so to think that three men were on their way to rob this young lady with all these weapons and stuff," said the victim, who asked for her identity to be concealed. "And they had my keys, so they were just going to walk right in. It's scary."
The victim said she is grateful to law enforcement.
All three suspects were arrested at the scene of the traffic stop and booked into the Washington County Jail on several charges, including conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Deputies said the men have all been arrested numerous times previously on charges such as burglary and assault.
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