PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The owner of a northeast Portland wine shop is asking for the public’s help in catching a destructive thief he is calling the “Butter Bandit.” Jeffery Weissler said the man stole cash, destroyed an urn containing his mother’s ashes, and even mashed a stick of butter.
“I love being passionate about what we offer,” sand Weissler. “And to not feel safe in our own neighborhood is crazy.”
He is still cleaning up at Pairings Portland Wine Shop and Bar after the suspect used a rock to shatter doors and a computer—as well as his sense of security. Surveillance video at 24th and Meatballs across the street showed a man breaking into that shop right after Weissler said his wine shop was tossed and vandalized.
“It looked like he’d thrown it at the computer and it hit the middle of the screen,” said Weissler. He said $150 and a bottle of wine were stolen, but that wasn’t the worst of it.
“He put this screwdriver through my mom’s urn,” said Weissler. “These are ashes of my mom’s and we have to figure out what to do with that. I was really close to my mom—and with my dog passing this week, this was just over the top.”
The shop owner said the thief also left a strange calling card on the counter, using butter. “There was a stick of butter with a spoon in it,” he said. “We are calling him the Butter Bandit.”
He believes the suspect used the stolen bottle of wine to break into his neighbor’s restaurant. The sound of glass shattering on the surveillance camera is audible before the suspect climbs in and comes into view.
“Inside was one of my wine bottles, so he used the wine bottle from here to break the windows over there,” said Weissler.
Security video shows the suspect in 24th and Meatballs checking the fridge. Employees of the shop said he stole a can of pop. Minutes later, cameras show him eating a stolen cookie.
He believes the suspect was acting as if he was under the influence of something in the security video. He hopes someone recognizes him, but for now he’s trying to focus on Halloween celebrations. He said customers have responded with flowers and support.
If you have any information on who the suspect might be, call Portland Police.
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