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North Portland man hit by burglar: "He stole my painting and he stole my heart"

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Images of Hentz, provided by Portland Police. Images of Hentz, provided by Portland Police.

Portland Police are looking for the man who they believe is responsible for burglarizing a home on Hayden Island in North Portland, and made off with thousands of dollars in valuables and electronics.

Police identified the suspect as Ryan Hentz, 32, who has ties to both Portland and Vancouver.  Records show he has an extensive criminal history and two warrants out for his arrest.

Police said the home Hentz broke into on Friday belongs to Doug Darling.

“We’re vigilant, and we’re going to get this person,” Darling told Fox 12.  “He deserves it.”

But Darling also said Hentz made off with something that’s priceless: two oil paintings commissioned by his late mother. 

“He stole my painting and he stole my heart,” Darling said, pointing to the spot where one of the pieces used to hang in his living room.  “He stole a part of me.”

Darling said he was at work Friday, when he got a call from his neighbors.  They’d seen a man, later identified as Hentz, through an upstairs window in Darling’s condo and then saw him taking things outside.

Police said those neighbors confronted Hentz, but he got away in a gold 2002 Honda Accord.

“Had my next-door neighbors not seen it going on, he would have taken everything,” Darling added.

It turns out, Hentz – along with his car – was caught on surveillance video at a home nearby two days earlier.

Darling said on Sunday, he saw Hentz return to the neighborhood once again.  Recognizing the car, Darling wasn’t going to let him off easy.

“I chased him all through Jantzen Beach and then on the freeway he tried to elude me,” he recalled. “We went the wrong ways on streets and hopped curbs… [The chase] ended up over in Northeast Portland.”

He said police got involved, but Hentz ended up hitting a bus, and officers decided to end the chase due to the risk of people getting hurt.

Now, days later, they’re still looking for him.

Darling is beefing up security at home, but isn’t sure he’ll ever see those precious paintings again.

“My life changed forever on Friday,” he said.

Still, he’s determined to be vigilant, instead of being a victim.

“I’m not going to let this guy stop me.  At all,” he added.  “He’s not going to stop me from living my life.”

Police say Hentz is about 5’8” and 160 lbs. with brown hair and green eyes.  If you see him, call 9-1-1.

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