Man bursts into Molalla home, steals car keys, drives off

Crime

Deputies are looking for a white man in his 20s, 5-foot-9, 185 pounds with a shaved head

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Deputies are looking for a man accused of bursting into a Molalla-area home and demanding the keys to a car he then stole.

The homeowner on South Sawtell Road said she was sitting in her living room when she heard screaming at her front door shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

The front door burst open and a man was standing on the porch, screaming about “his family being dead.”

He stepped into the house and told the homeowner to give him her car keys.

A 2003 Buick LaSabre similar to the one stolen in the Molalla area, Aug. 29, 2019. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said the woman threw her keys at the man as he screamed and paced in and out of the front door.

The man ran away and drove off in the homeowner’s blue 2003 Buick LeSabre.

Investigators found the man had pulled down some of the fence surrounding the yard because the gate was latched. He also smashed a window of a truck parked in the driveway, possibly trying to steal it before bursting into the home.

The suspect is a white man in his 20s, 5-foot-9, 185 pounds with a shaved head. He was wearing camouflage pants and a dark, possibly sleeveless shirt.

Part of a fence torn down by a man who burst into a Molalla-area home and stole the homeowner’s car, Aug. 28, 2019. (KOIN)

Other neighbors reported having seen the man in the past. They told KOIN 6 News they helped to replace the victim’s front door but the woman’s sense of safety has been shattered.

“Demanding her car and breaking into the other car — if she is alone, that is very scary and it kind of puts everyone on alert, which I know will make sure we pay attention,” said neighbor Sarah Simmons.

Marge Quade lives in the area. She said her daughter told her to keep all of her doors locked and stay inside.

“There are homeless people that walk up and down this road all the time,” Quade said. “It just got so bad we had to put something up.”

Quade installed a gate on her property to keep strangers from getting into the outbuildings on the property.

“I have 2 dogs they need to get through first if they are coming through the door,” said Simmons. “We also have protection. We will do what we have to do to survive if we feel threatened.”

If you know anything about this incident, please call 503.723.4949 and reference case number 19-020332.

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