At 3:37 a.m. today, Verification Center operator Minta Christopherson received audio activations resulting from clattering and male voices at Hollywood Lights, a Portland electrical services provider. She dispatched police and continued receiving alarms from movement onsite. But before police arrived, everything suddenly went silent–the suspects had left the building.
The first officer to arrive at the scene saw two men fleeing the business and jumping into a green Jeep Cherokee to make a quick getaway, without turning on their headlights.
As other officers arrived, the first responder chased the Jeep and tried to pull the suspects over. The suspects refused to stop and instead instigated a short police car chase that ended with the Jeep spinning out of control. The suspects then began running away on foot.
The getaway car had been stolen earlier that night from a nearby residence. Officers found stolen property from Hollywood Lights in the car and returned it. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
So far, one of the two suspects has been arrested. Police are still searching for the second suspect.
The Portland Police Bureau’s Burglary Task Force is continuing the investigation.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Check out coverage of this incident, including a Portland Police Bureau press release , a story from KOIN Local 6 news, a write up in the Portland Tribune and coverage on OregonLive.com.