PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A sleeping man found inside a stolen car is now facing dozens of felonies for his alleged connection to at least 10 different burglary and theft cases.
Trey Huggett was arrested around 5 a.m. Sunday, Tigard police said in a release, after he was spotted sleeping in a stolen car on SW Maplewood Drive. The officers recognized him as the suspect in recent burglary cases.
Once he was arrested, police said, they round a stolen handgun, burglary tools and about 100 car key fobs. It’s believed the 30-year-old Gresham resident targeted car dealerships and commercial properties, like Canyon Auto, to get the key fobs.
“Anytime you have a business that’s burglarized, that impacts their bottom line and their welfare for their family,” said Kelsey Anderson with Tigard police. “Whether we’re talking about a big company or a small business when you see somebody who’s been targeted through no fault of their own, it’s sad and it’s frustrating.”
Huggett is suspected in additional cases and the investigation is ongoing.
“I think this is just one example, unfortunately, of what we see quite often, where people make a living out of turning to crime,” Anderson said.
A check of records by KOIN 6 News revealed Huggett has a criminal record of theft dating back to 2012.
“When we see one person connected to several cases, you know there’s some time involved there. So we’re thankful we were able to restore a lot of that stolen property,” Anderson told KOIN 6 News. “We’re talking roughly 100 car key fobs, stolen handgun, stolen car, and there may be additional evidence we can link up as well.”
He was booked into the Washington County Jail on 26 charges:
- 6 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
- 5 counts of burglary
- 3 counts of theft
- 2 counts of trying to elude an officer
- 2 counts of criminal trespass
Plus one count each of aggravated theft, being a felon with a gun, identity theft, forgery, possession of a stolen car, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Investigators said more charges may be coming.
Tigard investigators are trying to figure out who the key fobs belong to. If you or someone you know had their car stolen from a dealership while it was being serviced, let Tigard police know. They’ll go through the evidence with you and get property back to the rightful owners.