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Burning cross found outside downtown Portland store

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A burning makeshift cross led arson investigators to respond to a Portland convenience store Monday morning.

A TriMet driver saw the burning cross outside Helen's Market at Broadway and Burnside in downtown Portland and called 911.

Police arrived and found the burning cross, which was about 3' tall. It was on the sidewalk surrounded by traffic cones and street closure signs left over from the weekend's Grand Floral Parade.

Officers said the cross was made out of small tree branches and it was strapped together with assorted trash.

No buildings were threatened by the fire and it was quickly put out.

Police said a man was seen lighting the cross on fire. He is described as a white man, 30-50 years old, 6' tall with a medium build. He had brown hair, possibly a beard and he was wearing a hat and blue jeans.

Police said there is no apparent motive at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Joe Luiz at 503-823-3408 or Joseph.Luiz@PortlandOregon.gov.

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