Police searching for suspects connected to 3 burglaries in Milwaukie

Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 11:03 AM PST
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MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KPTV) - An investigation is underway into three related burglaries at small businesses in Milwaukie.

The burglaries happened early Monday morning. According to police, several thousand dollars in damage was caused, forcing one business to close for the day while repairs were made.

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The three businesses affected were Pho Thap Ba at 10574 Southeast 32nd Avenue, Mike’s Drive-In at 3045 Southeast Harrison Street and Ohana Hawaiian Café at 10608 Southeast Main Street.

“Got a phone call from a business owner and neighbor that our front door was bashed in,” says Matt Ho, owner of Ohana Hawaiian Café. “The call came in about 6 a.m.”

Police said they believe all burglaries are related based on evidence, witness statements and video surveillance, which was released by police and shows the suspects entering Pho Thap Ba.

“It looks like we missed the main event by about 20, 30, 35 minutes maybe?” Ho says.

Ho says thieves got away with some money and their point-of-sale system and he’s ot completely shocked it happened.

“Living in Portland since 2006, I’ve been trained to just accept this is just how it is doing business near, around Portland,” Ho says. “I don’t like living in that situation in my own head, but that’s just the reality of it so I wasn’t devastated.”

At Mike’s Drive-In down the road, the suspects didn’t get away with anything, just leaving shattered glass for cleanup.

“We noticed our window was smashed out on our backside, after coming inside, they noticed there wasn’t too much missing. In fact, nothing was really gone,” says Mikes Drive-In manager Kalani Haleamau. “A broken window isn’t great but it’s a lot better than what it could’ve been.”

Anyone with information about the suspects identities should contact Detective Cereghino at 503-786-7476 or at cereghinot@milwaukieoregon.gov.