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Tigard Police and Partners Arrest Five People Associated with Scams (Photo) - 05/20/19

On 5/14/19 around 7:00am, Tigard Police along with federal and local law enforcement agencies served multiple search warrants in Beaverton, unincorporated Portland, and Oregon City. The search warrants related to ongoing criminal activity where scammers operating out of the country demanded payment by Apple gift cards while criminal intermediaries located in the Portland metro-area quickly used the funds at stores in the Portland metro-area, specifically in Tigard. The following locations were searched:

  • 7700 block SW Cirrus Dr, Beaverton
  • 7800 SW Nimbus Ave, Beaverton
  • 6500 SW Firlock Way, Portland (unincorporated WA County)
  • 12200 block NW Barnes Rd., Portland (unincorporated WA County)
  • 13000 block SW Tapadera Street, Beaverton
  • 400 block of Roosevelt Street, Oregon City

The following people, operating as intermediaries, were arrested in connection with the 5/14/19 search warrant:

  • Ying Zhang, Portland woman, 26 year-old, Theft I-other and Computer Crime (felony)
  • Yiran Liang, Portland man, 29 year-old, Theft I-other and Computer Crime (felony)
  • Gongchao Liu, Beaverton man, 23 year-old, Theft I-other and Computer Crime (felony)
  • Can Wu, Beaverton woman, 24 year-old, Theft I-other and Computer Crime (felony)
  • Yu Sun Johnson, Oregon City woman, 26 year-old, Computer Crime (felony)

Additionally, over 300 devices were seized including Apple watches, iPhones, AirPods, and iPads. Hundreds of used gift cards were also discovered. 

This operation relates to a trend in the last few years where scammers ask victims to pay them with gift cards. Whether it involves a social security, IRS, jury, computer support, or emergency scam, the fraudster instructs the victim to purchase a gift card and relay the card number over the phone, by email or text. By the time the victim realizes they have been defrauded, the gift card balance has already been depleted and they are unable to recover their money.

Early in 2019, Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit (CCU) Detectives reviewed multiple police reports where victims, residing in Tigard and other jurisdictions in Oregon and other states, reported fraud involving Apple gift cards. By the time they realized they were being scammed, the gift card balances had already been spent at Apple stores in the Portland metro-area, specifically in Tigard.

Working with Apple and federal agents, CCU determined that scammers often operating out of the country were using paid intermediaries located in United States to spend balances obtained from stolen Apple gift cards on bulk purchases of iPhones and other products at Apple stores. The intermediaries, claiming to be legitimate electronics resellers, would then ship the devices out of the country. Detectives were able to identify several individuals and businesses located in Clackamas and Washington Counties involved in this scheme. These individuals were the subjects of the 5/14/19 search warrant.

Tigard Police would like to thank the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Oregon City, Tualatin and Beaverton Police Departments; and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for assisting Tigard Police in the service of these search warrants.

Scammers use high-pressure tactics to coerce victims to act before they have time to think or do their research. These schemes may include threats of arresting victims who fail to pay immediately. Tigard Police reminds the public to be wary of receiving calls, emails, or texts from people claiming that you owe money and must pay now with gift cards, prepaid credit cards, or wire transfers; these payment methods are chosen because they are difficult to recover once the information is provided to the scammers. Additionally, government agencies will not call you unsolicited demanding payment. If you are concerned that you do owe money, please find the contact information for the agency using a reputable source and call the agency directly to verify.

For media inquiries regarding this press release, please contact Commander Robert Rogers at 503-718-2551.

Photo Attached: Sample of items seized at locations.

Attached Media Files: Apple_SW_2_final.jpg
Tigard Police Arrest New York Man for Aggravated Theft I (Photo) - 05/09/19

On 5/6/19, Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit (CCU) Detectives arrested Jose Modesto Adon-Cano, a 25-year old from New York, on an Aggravated Theft I charge involving the alleged purchase of over $33,000 worth of merchandise for approximately $1,100 using forged barcodes. He is currently lodged in the Washington County Jail. 

The arrest stemmed from a 5/2/19 incident that prompted CCU detectives to get involved in the case. On 5/2/19 at 4:20pm, Home Depot Loss Prevention Officers at 14800 SW Sequoia Parkway called police dispatch after reportedly observing the suspect placing circuit breakers and outlets in his shopping cart and then affixing lower-priced, forged bar codes on the merchandise. The suspect allegedly proceeded to purchase the items valued at $1,019 at the register for $42 and then took them out to a rental vehicle. After depositing the merchandise in the car, the suspect returned to the same store and allegedly purchased similar items valued at $780 and paid only $33 using similar tactics. When he returned to his vehicle, a Tigard Police Officer was waiting with the Loss Prevention Officer in the area. Tigard Police arrested Adon-Cano on a theft I-other charge and lodged him in the Washington County Jail.

While the suspect was in jail, CCU Detectives obtained a search warrant to search the suspect's vehicle on 5/3/19 and seized over $33,000 worth of merchandise with forged bar codes affixed to the items. CCU Detectives working with Home Depot Loss Prevention determined that the suspect had engaged in similar transactions between April 30-May 2nd along the I-5 Corridor at stores from Everett, WA to Tigard. Detectives contacted the suspect, who had bailed himself out of jail from the first charge, and arrested him for Aggravated Theft I on 5/6/19 and lodged him in Washington County Jail. The suspect is also being held for a federal probation violation related to unlawful skimming of a credit card that occurred in another state.

Detectives continue to investigate the case to determine the extent of losses related to this activity in Tigard and other jurisdictions.

Fortunately, a Loss Prevention Officer was able to observe this activity and police were able to quickly respond and arrest the suspect, resulting in a significant arrest charge. We do ask the community members who may witness similar activity or other suspicious behaviors in stores to contact the police and also alert store employees.

The Commercial Crimes Unit is uniquely situated to investigate commercial crimes in the Tigard area, allowing detectives to thoroughly investigate organized retail and other crime impacting the Tigard business community.

Attached Media Files: Home_Depot_recovery.jpg
Tigard Police Department Receives State-Wide Law Enforcement Accreditation (Photo) - 05/08/19

Effective April 30, 2019, the Tigard Police Department (TPD) has been certified as a state accredited law enforcement agency by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance (OAA). Currently, 49 of 211 Oregon law enforcement agencies share this status. To ensure continued compliance, this certification requires TPD to undergo an OAA audit every three years.

Says Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine:

To be certified by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance is to receive a seal of approval that the policies, procedures, and practices of the Tigard Police Department are aligned with an identified international set of best practices in critical areas of high risk and liability, accountability, and transparency. It also ensures the police department is operating efficiently and meeting the needs of the community.

TPD started the accreditation process in September 2018. Staff members compared department policies and procedures against 103 OAA standards, which are considered best practices for the industry. Standards range from policies related to personnel files, public records, search and seizure to use of force. Staff compiled supporting documentation including police reports, photos, training logs and other proof to demonstrate to OAA that the department was complying with each standard.

The accreditation process resulted in policy updates and overall improvements to the department. For example, it prompted the Department to revise its Prisoner Transport policy. TPD has never had a prisoner escape occur during transport and our policies were silent on the issue. Best practices recommend planning for this possibility.

OAA reviewed supporting documentation and conducted on-site interviews with staff before awarding certification. Ed Boyd, Executive Director of OAA, presented the certification for TPD to Tigard City Council on May 7, 2019.

The purpose of attaining accreditation is to ensure that TPD procedures and practices are aligned with industry best practices. By doing so, the Department can provide better service to the community, improve practices that impact safety, and enhance the overall professionalism of the Tigard Police Department.

To learn more about accreditation, please visit www.oracall.org. 

Officers Arrest Suspects Related to a Shooting - 04/24/19

Today, officers arrested Cristy Anna Sisco, a 34-year-old from Wilsonville, on an assault charge related to a shooting. They also arrested Carlos Alberto Quebrado, 35 years old, on an unrelated felony warrant. Detectives are currently investigating this case.

On Wednesday, April 24th at 2:40am, police received a call from a woman reporting that  a male and female suspect were following her vehicle and shooting at her and the other occupant as they were driving near SW Nimbus and Scholls Ferry. The suspects had engaged in a verbal altercation with them at Lu’s Sports Bar and Lounge in Tigard prior to the shooting.

Fortunately, a Tigard patrol officer was driving behind the vehicle at the time of the call and observed the female suspect holding a shotgun out of a Ford Escape. After the officer activated lights and sirens, both suspects exited the vehicle and fled around 10500 SW Nimbus Avenue. Sisco, the female suspect, was located and taken into custody.

Quebrado, the male suspect, fled to Fanno Creek. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Beaverton Police Department set up dog tracks in the area. After two and half hours of being submerged in the creek, the male suspect surrendered to law enforcement without incident near the 10400 block of SW North Dakota and was transported to a local hospital. Later, he was taken into custody.  

The female victim sustained a non-critical injury from a gunshot. Fortunately, the male victim was unharmed.

We want to thank Beaverton, Tualatin, and Hillsboro Police Departments, and Washington County Sheriff for their assistance with this case.