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News Release
West Linn Police arrest suspect in multiple thefts from vehicles. (Photo) - 10/03/19

Over the past few weeks, West Linn Police received multiple reports of overnight thefts from vehicles in the Blankenship/Deebok area of town.  Residence reported personal items ranging from credit cards, cameras and computers among the property stolen.  Some vehicles were left unlocked, while others were secure and damaged by the suspect while gaining entry.  Home security footage provided by a victim from a theft from their vehicle at 2:20am, Wednesday October 2nd, gave police a working image of a suspect.  West Linn Police officers recognized the suspect from another ongoing investigation. 

At approximately noon Wednesday, West Linn Police contacted 40 year old Elijah Cunningham, in the parking lot of an apartment complex he had been staying at in West Linn.  Cunningham was still wearing the clothes he had on in the video taken during the car break in from hours earlier.

When questioned, Cunningham admitted to the break in from earlier in the day.  Police located evidence of other reported break ins, as well as unreported crimes, in a vehicle and apartment associated with Cunningham.  Cunningham was taken into custody and lodged at Clackamas County Jail on 14 charges (Unlawful Entry into Motor Vehicle x5, Theft I x2, Theft II x3, Identity Theft, Mail Theft, Criminal Mischief I, Criminal Mischief II) and a parole violation for Theft I.

West Linn Police believe there may be more victims that have not yet reported vehicle break ins due to minor or no items being taken.  Citizens may also have video of a subject, possibly Cunningham, on their home security systems and are encouraged to report these crimes and suspicious incidents to West Linn Police Officer Scott Swingle at sswingle@westlinnoregon.gov

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