Man accused of $300,000 retail theft arrested in Beaverton

FILE - Tigard Police
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Published: Oct. 13, 2022 at 4:48 PM PDT
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BEAVERTON Ore. (KPTV) - A 35-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing at least $300,000 worth of merchandise from stores across the metro area, Tigard police announced on Thursday.

Austin Bailey was arrested after loss prevention employees in a Beaverton retail store recognized him and called police.

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When Bailey saw the deputies, he took off running and police chased him on foot for a short distance before he was taken into custody.

Police said they also found more than 40 pills on Bailey that they suspected of containing fentanyl, meth and heroin.

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Detectives have been investigating Bailey for nearly a year in connection with large-scale thefts from big box stores in Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah and Clark counties, and was indicted by a grand jury for theft-related charges in June.

Bailey is being held in the Washington County Jail and is facing 16 criminal charges of theft, identity theft and other criminal acts.