Police find stolen items in apartment after car break-in in West Linn
WEST LINN, OR (KPTV) -
Several theft investigations may soon be solved in West Linn, thanks to someone who called police about a car break-in.
Zachery Mayes, 35, and Haley Robertson, 19, face several charges after police say they broke into a car in the 1500 block of 5th Street in West Linn at around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. Officers tracked them down in an alley two blocks away.
When the officer asked to see Mayes' identification, he showed the officer an empty wallet that had been stolen from an Estacada man last Thursday morning, police said.
Mayes and Robertson, who are both classified by police as transients, were headed to see Mayes' brother, Clinton, about a mile away at the Kings V Apartments, police said. The two had stayed there on several occasions.
The officer showed Robertson a picture taken by a laptop that had been stolen last week, police said. Robertson told the officer the picture was that of Clinton Mayes. Police later determined the picture had been taken inside his apartment, police said.
Officers found several stolen items inside the apartment that may be tied to several area thefts, they added. The items included the laptop, several DVDs that were stolen during a car break-in in West Linn, GPS units, garage door openers, and car and house keys.
The laptop had been stolen from Jordan Winthrop at around 1 a.m. last Thursday while he was doing some work at a business in West Linn. Winthrop owns a computer and software business in Estacada. The laptop is used to design websites, Winthrop said. His wallet, iPhone and several credit cards were also stolen, he said.
"No one was around. It was dark. I thought I was safe being in West Linn. The area seemed safe to me," Winthrop said. "I didn't lock (my SUV) knowing I was going to be right back out."
Ever since Winthrop's laptop was stolen last week, it had been taking pictures inside Clinton Mayes' apartment every time it was turned on, police and Winthrop said.
Winthrop expects to get his items back from police within the next week or two, he said. They were collected as evidence as part of the police investigation.
Investigators are trying to figure out to whom the other stolen items found in Clinton Mayes' apartment belong.
"I'm glad they were caught," Winthrop said.
According to jail records, Mayes and Robertson were released from jail due to overcrowding. They could face more charges as the investigation moves forward. They're both due in court on Oct. 29.
Mayes' brother was not arrested and does not face any charges, police said.
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