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Adolphus Newell III
Adolphus Newell III
Prolific burglar linked to dozens to cases, sentenced to prison (Photo) - 05/20/20

After a months-long investigation headed up by Tigard Police, a prolific burglar has been linked to dozens of local cases and will serve 50 months in prison.

24-year-old Adolphus Newell III was formally sentenced by a Washington County judge on Monday, May 18th. Newell pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree burglary and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. As part of a plea deal, he also agreed to take responsibility for 20 additional burglaries and will pay restitution back to the victims. The exact amount of restitution will be determined at a future hearing. 

Investigators believe Newell committed dozens of residential burglaries throughout the Washington County area between October 2019 and February 2020, when he was taken into custody. Based on property that has been recovered, Newell primarily stole jewelry and guns from these homes, and affected the lives of many innocent families.

Countless hours were poured into this case by members of the Commercial Crimes Unit within the Tigard Police Department, who took over the lead investigative role and worked with many partner agencies. 

A CCU Detective who worked tirelessly on the case (and wants to remain anonymous) said:

“This case could not have come to fruition or completion without the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff Office, Portland Police Bureau GVRT, Hillsboro Police Department, Beaverton Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff Office, Lake Oswego Police Department and the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force Portland Office, who took the lead in taking this particular suspect into custody with the assistance of the Tigard Police Department. Crime analysts from multiple agencies and especially our own Crime Analyst were key in identifying numerous cases that this individual was responsible for committing. This case began as a singular residential burglary and the Tigard Police Patrol Officers on duty that evening were quick in identifying and securing the suspect vehicle, which was left nearby, which was an integral part in identifying the suspect.  Each entity assisted in bringing this case to completion and returning valuable possessions back to victims which were thought to be lost.”

Tigard Police would also like to thank the Washington County District Attorney's Office for their work on this case.

Newell has been in the Washington County Jail since February 11, 2020 and will get credit for the time he’s already served. He will now be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to complete his 50-month prison sentence. Newell was also sentenced to three years of post-prison supervision.


Attached Media Files: Adolphus Newell III
Tigard Police Investigate Commercial Burglary - 05/18/20

On Friday, May 15th around 8:30 a.m., Tigard Police officers responded to America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses (9225 SW Hall Boulevard) on a report of a burglary. Responding officers found the front glass door shattered and two display racks were cleared out. The suspect or suspects were gone. 

Store employees inventoried the losses and reported that more than 90 designer frames were stolen with a combined value of roughly $15,000. At this point, no arrests have been made. 

Tigard Police are asking anyone with information that can help in this investigation to call our tip line at 503-639-COPS or email tips@tigard-or.gov.


Garrett Carstens Olin
Garrett Carstens Olin
UPDATE: Suspects identified from Thursday's two priority calls (Photo) - 05/04/20


Investigators have identified the three people arrested Thursday evening (4/30) while Tigard Police responded to two priority calls.

James Dakarri Holliman (19-year-old from Renton, Washington) was arrested on charges of first-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree escape.  

Kevin Dewitt Clay (22-year-old from Auburn, Washington) was arrested on charges of first degree-theft and second-degree criminal mischief.

Garrett Carstens Olin (27-year-old from Tigard, Oregon) was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering.

All three were released from the Washington County Jail on Friday (5/1) due to restrictions related to the COVID19 pandemic.



At 4:05 p.m. Tigard Police responded to a report of a theft in progress. A woman reported that a man broke her car window and stole her purse in the parking lot of the H Mart, a grocery store at 13600 SW Pacific Highway. The woman tried chasing him, but he got away in a car with a second suspect. Officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of SW Main Street in downtown Tigard and apprehended the driver. The suspect who broke the victim’s car window took off running, but officers located and handcuffed him. Before he could be placed in a patrol vehicle, he managed to escape and ran into a wetland area, sparking an extensive search.

As officers began a K-9 track, a second call came into dispatch of a person in crisis threatening violence with a gun. That was reported at 4:37 p.m. at the Brightwaters at Red Hawk apartment complex at 16100 SW 108th Avenue. Law enforcement from several agencies responded. As officers were arriving and staging outside the man’s apartment unit, he fired a shot from inside his apartment toward an outside area. Officers made phone contact with the man and he ultimately surrendered peacefully. The gun was recovered and no one was hurt. Officers canvassed the complex to ensure the safety of nearby residents.

With that call resolved, officers were then able to refocus on capturing the escaped suspect from the earlier theft in progress call. Witnesses began reporting sightings of the handcuffed suspect near a trail system and several partner agencies deployed K-9 teams. Around 5:45 p.m., officers located the man near SW Hall Blvd and SW Burnham Street and he was safely taken into custody.

We’d like to thank our partners at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office along with King City, Beaverton, Tualatin, Hillsboro and Sherwood Police for their help with these investigations and for covering priority calls in Tigard while our officers responded to these unfolding events.


Arrest made in early morning assault, robbery - 04/29/20

Around 5:00 a.m. this morning, April 29th, 2020, Tigard Police officers responded to a call of an assault that had just occurred near SW Greenburg and SW Main Street. Arriving officers found a 60-year-old man who had been beaten with a piece of wood. An item of his personal property was also stolen. The victim was taken to a local hospital.

Investigating officers identified 33-year-old Aris Palma as the suspect in this case. Palma was located near 99W & Hall Blvd and was arrested without incident. He is being booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of assault 1 and robbery 1.

The suspect and victim are known to each other and the investigation is ongoing.