PORTLAND, Oregon - A pawn shop burglary in Portland has been linked to a suspect arrested on February 18, 2016, for an unrelated commercial theft investigation.
34-year-old Dustin Eugene Hall is currently in jail on charges of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Burglary in the First Degree. Hall now faces additional charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, related to the pawn shop burglary where he used a tow truck to pull off the front of the building.
On February 15, North Precinct officers responded to 7933 North Upland Drive regarding a stolen tow truck. The business had been broken into over the weekend and a flatbed tow truck stolen.
The victim told police that he followed the suspect to the area of 10303 North Oswego Avenue, which was a well-known problem address to patrol officers. Responding officers noticed several mini-excavators parked in the back of the residence. Officers contacted the Detective Coordination Team to discuss the case and were able to identify the likely suspect, Dustin Hall, who could not be located at that time. The stolen tow truck was recovered from the area.
On February 17, North Precinct officers responded to United Rental, located in the 5400 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue, regarding their business being broken into. Officers learned that a flatbed tow truck had been stolen and the suspect rammed through the gate to get away.
Responding officers were aware of the tow truck theft two days earlier and believed this was a similar case so they drove to the area near the residence on North Oswego Avenue. Officers found the stolen United Rental truck and the previously identified suspect, Dustin Hall.
Hall was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle (two counts), Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle (two counts), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (two counts), and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree (two counts).
Detectives were able to determine that one of the excavators found at the North Oswego Avenue address was reported stolen out of Clackamas County.
On February 18, detectives served a search warrant at the North Oswego Avenue residence, discovering that all of the construction equipment was reported stolen -- one case in Portland and two in Clackamas County.
The suspect, Dustin Hall, had already been released from jail on the first set of charges and was home so detectives arrested him again on the new charges.
Earlier on February 18, after Dustin Hall was released from jail on the first set of charges and before he was arrested on the second set of charges, East Precinct officers responded to the Money Market pawn shop, located at 13607 Southeast Powell Boulevard, after an alarm company reported a break-in to the business.
Officers arrived in the area and saw that the front of the building was heavily damaged and the suspect was gone.
Officers learned that an unknown male suspect backed a full-sized flatbed tow truck up to the building, hooked a tow cable up to the bars, and pulled the front of the business off, including the windows and door.
Detectives investigating the pawn shop burglary developed probable cause to suspect Dustin Hall in the burglary.
On February 22, detectives served another search warrant at the North Oswego Avenue residence and seized the two truck that Dustin Hall is suspected of using at the pawn shop, as well as other items of evidence.
Portland Police Bureau detectives would like to thank the Construction Industry Crime Prevention Program of the Pacific Northwest (CICP) for their assistance in this investigation. To learn more about CICP, please visit http://www.cicpp.com/
Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.