Car prowlers hit Eastmoreland neighborhood

Posted: Jun 25, 2014 4:54 PM PDTUpdated: Jul 23, 2014 5:05 PM PDT

By Andrew Padula – email

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) –

A couple of thieves were caught on camera after stealing items from cars and homes in a southeast Portland neighborhood on Wednesday.

It happened early Wednesday morning in the Eastmoreland neighborhood near Southeast 36th and Southeast Henry.

Many people in that area woke up to find their cars had been broke into, while others discovered some of their bikes had been stolen.

Portland police say an alert neighbor snapped several pictures of two suspects in action.

One of those pictures shows the men trying to ride off with more than just one bike.

The neighbor who snapped the pictures told Fox 12 they knew the men were up to something when they saw the men hiding things in the brush. They then watched as the two suspects tried to ride off with three bikes.

“It was very bold. The neighbors said ‘Check your car, check your garage’ and so we did and we had a couple of bikes gone,” said Patty Cole, who was one of the victims.

Cole said the thieves even came through a side gate and into her mud room where they took her kid’s backpacks and a sweatshirt.

She says the suspects then walked into her garage and took the bikes.

“It’s crazy how many people were affected on this street. It’s been weird, but it’s stuff and everyone is OK and that’s what’s important,” added Cole.

Other neighbors said they woke up to find items from inside their cars tossed into their yard.

Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Portland police were back in the neighborhood after they found what appeared to be one of the stolen bikes at Woodstock School.

“It’s really scary to think that someone is on your personal property when they shouldn’t be,” said Nikki Metcalf, who lives in the area.

Those who live in the neighborhood don’t like knowing that their neighbors have been targeted.

“We are a very, very tight neighborhood, everybody knows everybody in a one to three block radius. So when something like this happens everybody hears about it,” added Metcalf.

People who live in the area say they plan to be extra vigilant looking out for anything suspicious.

Police are hoping the pictures will help track the suspects down.

Anyone with any information about this incident or if you recognize the men you’re asked to contact Detective Chris Brace by email at chris.brace@portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-0541.

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