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News Release
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.


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