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Suspect in Christmas present theft at Portland business caught on camera

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Suspect carrying boxes that contained Christmas presents. Suspect carrying boxes that contained Christmas presents.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A burglar stole two cars from an auto lot and stole Christmas presents from the business office.

Surveillance cameras recorded part of the burglary, which happened early Sunday morning at Kingz Auto LLC in the 11200 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

“It’s the season of giving. Instead, people are taking things away,” said business owner Charlene King.

King was storing Christmas presents for her five children at the business so her kids wouldn’t find them at home.

Surveillance video shows an A/C unit being pushed out of the wall to get into the office, but the person pushing the unit is not visible.

Another camera recorded video of someone driving a black 1997 Ford Expedition off of the lot, stealing it, about 45 minutes later.

Two hours after that, video shows a man pulling up in a blue 2002 Buick Le Saber, opening the trunk and back seat.

He makes four trips to the car, carrying a TV, a leaf blower, an air compressor and several bags and boxes that King said contained Christmas gifts.

The man drives off in the car, which was for sale on the lot.

The Kings moved their business to the location on Northeast Sandy Boulevard a year ago and burglars have hit them several times.

Surveillance cameras, an alarm system and security lights have not deterred criminals, so the Kings plan to move their business.

“It’s just very important to us to keep these kind of people off the streets, because if it’s not us, it’s going to be somebody else,” said King. “We can at this point move and protect ourselves. But then that means our neighboring people are going to get broken into because somewhere these people are out there.”

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