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Thief caught on camera walking away with stolen art after having parking problems

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A thief stole an irreplaceable family heirloom, and seems to have trouble parallel parking.

Dash camera video from the broken-into car shows a driver making multiple attempts to park his own vehicle in a space just in front of the car owned by Ryan Dillon.

The video then shows the driver getting out and walking past Dillon’s car out of view of the camera, then the sound of the back glass breaking can be heard.

The man comes back into the video with an armful of items and loads them into his car before driving away.

This happened Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., when the cars were parked on Northeast 18th Avenue, between Glisan and Sandy.

The thief stole a sculpture, and Dillon said his hope is that area art dealers will know it was stolen, giving the item little to no resale value.

Sculptor Robert Russin, a family friend, made the piece, and it belonged to Dillon’s grandmother, who recently passed away.

He was bringing it from Arizona to family in Oregon when it was stolen.

“I just can’t believe that the timing worked out, right,” Dillon told Fox 12. “Like how often do you have something truly valuable in your car that you can’t replace and just this one time, it happened to be broke into”

Dillon said he learned from police that the license plate on the car seen in the video was stolen, and that the car itself was a rental, so he really needs someone to recognize the suspect and contact police.

He said all he really wants is the sculpture returned, no questions asked.

Dillon said his contact information is on the box the sculpture was in, so someone could take it to a post office or to a government building and leave it there.

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