Stolen guitars and other recovered goods (Photo)

April 28, 2022 4:34 p.m.

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, the North Neighborhood Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) worked with two Patrol District Officers to reduce a camp near the I-405 on-ramp near North Kerby Avenue. Recently, there was a homicide and a number of stolen vehicles were found in the area near the camp. The Night District Officer worked on several investigations related to criminal activity associated with the camp and worked with TRN officers to develop a plan to address the threat to public safety posed by the criminal activity .

During the reduction, officers recovered 5 of the 6 stolen guitars and other equipment taken in an April 18, 2022 robbery from The Brian Jonestown Massacre band who were on tour in Portland. These guitars are believed to date from the 1960s and have huge sentimental value and are not easily replaceable, according to the band members. Additionally, officers located and recovered a stolen Subaru, suspected fentanyl pills and drug paraphernalia, damaged car parts including a catalytic converter, and other brand-new property believed to be associated. theft or burglary. This remains an ongoing investigation as the team attempts to identify the rightful owners and potential suspects.

During the cleanup, officers encountered a large litter of 3-week-old puppies with the owner. They were well cared for and the owner planned to take them somewhere else.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts of our dedicated District and NRT officers who have worked together to combat this base of criminal operations,” said North Ward Commander Tina Jones. “We are pleased to be able to locate and reunite precious and sentimental items with their rightful owners and hope that the measures taken will improve public safety in this area. Conditions in the area were deplorable and a danger to public safety. We also appreciate our partners who have helped clean up litter to improve the condition of our city.

The North Ward Response Team focuses on livability issues and works with various partners to identify opportunities to resolve issues and improve public safety.

Photo Descriptions:
1. Five guitars in cases and other musical equipment
2. Objects scattered around the camp
3. a silver catalytic converter lying in the dirt
4. Nine propane tanks
5. Various narcotics including blue fentanyl pills
6. Blue canvas wagon full of puppies
7. A smiling Portland police officer holding two puppies

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