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News Release
McMinnville Police target thieves and burglars - 05/21/20

Like most police agencies around the country the City of McMinnville has seen a change in criminal and non-criminal behaviors as people deal with the pandemic.  Businesses that were historically open or occupied most days were suddenly closed for business, making them a target for burglars. In March and April we began to notice a steep increase in burglaries around the City, specifically burglaries at businesses and churches. 

In response to this the McMinnville Police Department began some high-intensity targeting

 of businesses and people of interest to try and deal with the issues.  Increased surveillance and more technically updated equipment assisted us in our goal.  During the four week detail officers made 49 arrests of 26 suspects on 35 cases. 

Officers were able to identify a burglary ring and arrest Jassiel Barraza Lopez, age 19 of McMinnville, Ramon Ayala Garcia, age 40 of McMinnville and Kelvin Garcia, age 22 of McMinnville. Barraza Lopez was arrested for 6 church burglaries and 2 other business burglaries.  He is the suspect in several others and is currently lodged at the Yamhill County Jail.

9 arrests were made for Theft 1 using “bait” items where the officers put out items of value and watch to see if they are stolen.  When they are stolen, if the person makes no attempt to contact the police department to turn the items in, the arrests are made.

Raymond Gledhill, age 22, of McMinnville, was arrested for 6 “car prowls” where he stole items from cars while they were parked overnight. Gledhill admitted to officers that he has been stealing from vehicles “all over the city”, although his arrests were in the NE area of the City, and that he has been doing this for at least a year.  Please pay special attention to his photograph below, as the Police Department was not able to lodge him in jail, and it is possible he will continue to steal from vehicles. 

We cannot stress enough how much advanced technologies such as Ring, Nest and Blink camera systems help us apprehend criminals.  Many of the arrests, including two for thefts from Homeward Bound Pets, were made possible by surveillance.   Businesses and homeowners who have systems are encouraged to be sure to familiarize themselves with how to retrieve video for evidence purposes.  It is also helpful if camera owners register their camera at CrimeReports.com   Please keep in mind this does not give the police access to your cameras, just lets us know that you have one and how to contact you if we think it may contain evidence.

 

 

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