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14 Indicted In Organized Catalytic Converter Trafficking Ring - 08/11/22

Beaverton Police Department Detectives began an investigation into the trafficking of stolen catalytic converters in late 2021. The investigation, which culminated last week with the search of eight locations to include a waterfront residence in Lake Oswego, led to the seizure of over 3,000 catalytic converters, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, a high-end vehicle, and jewelry.

Police say the crime ring was centered in the Portland Metropolitan area, spanned over six Oregon counties, and reached into the states of Washington, Nevada, California, Texas, and New York. 

In March 2022, Beaverton Police Department Detectives identified 32-year-old Brennan Patrick Doyle of Lake Oswego as the leader of the criminal organization. Brennan Doyle is believed to have trafficked over 44 thousand stolen catalytic converters since January 2021 with an estimated street value of over $22 million dollars.

The investigation began in late 2021 when Beaverton Police Detectives learned 32-yearold Tanner Lee Hellbusch of Beaverton was running an illegal stolen catalytic converter fencing operation. On March 1, 2022, Tanner Hellbusch was stopped by police in a vehicle transporting over one hundred stolen catalytic converters with an approximate value of $80,000. During the next five months, Beaverton Police Detectives determined Tanner Hellbusch, Brennan Doyle and over 12 other associates participated in an organized effort to steal catalytic converters from vehicles up and down the West Coast.

Beaverton Police Detectives say Brennan Doyle’s organization capitalized on the increased price of Rhodium, Platinum, and Palladium, which are the valuable metals found in catalytic converters. At the time this writing, Rhodium is valued at over $14,000 an ounce up from approximately $2,500 an ounce in 2019. This makes the few grams found in each catalytic converter a profitable haul.

On July 29, 2022, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Brennan Patrick Doyle, Tanner Lee Hellbusch, and 12 other individuals on charges including Racketeering, Aggravated Theft, and Money Laundering.

This investigation was made possible by the assistance of the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tigard Police Department.

Man Arrested for Leaving Dog in Hot Car - 07/30/22

At 11:17 am on July 30th, 2022, Beaverton Police Officers were dispatched to the 4700 block of SW Murray Boulevard on a report of a distressed dog locked in a vehicle. When Officers arrived, they located Gazer, an almost 2-year-old German Shepard, locked inside a stopped vehicle, with all the windows up, and in clear medical distress. The outdoor temperature at the time was 89 degrees. 

Once Officers were able to remove Gazer from the vehicle, with help from neighbors, they attempted to cool him. Officers learned Gazer had been in the vehicle for at least 35 minutes. Gazer remained in medical distress and was transported by Beaverton Police to a nearby veterinary hospital. Despite efforts by veterinary staff, Gazer’s condition was not survivable. Gazer’s owner, Calvin Jordan, consulted with veterinary staff and made the decision to euthanize Gazer. 

Mr. Jordan was taken into custody for Animal Abuse in First Degree and was lodged at the Washington County Jail. 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the inside air temperature of a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes, almost 30 degrees in 30 minutes, and 40 degrees in one hour. “Cracking a window” makes no difference. 

The Beaverton Police Department would like to remind animal owners to remember: “If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.” 

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