Rifles, stolen purse, cargo van in planned Oregon pot heist

Crime

Burglary happened November 18, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators continue to look into a planned heist of a dozen mature pot plants from a western Washington County marijuana farm in late 2019.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video on Monday of the burglary from November 18, 2019. The released footage shows an organized effort that involved a stolen purse and credit card, a U-Haul, semi-automatic weapons and multiple people.

“The investigation has taken a lot of twists and turns and it all starts with a stolen purse,” said Deputy Sheriff Brian Van Kleef. “We need the public’s help now to try and find out who these people are.”

The video shows people drove up to the pot farm in a white cargo van rented from a Portland U-Haul. One person gets out of the van and used bolt cutters to break into the locked front gate.

The suspects drove into the farm and parked in front of a garage door to a shed. As some got their tools, at least 2 suspects brandished semi-automatic rifles. Once they broke into the shed they got down and stole the mature plants.

However, authorities said they probably “weren’t the smartest criminals” because the 12 pot plants had already been harvested.

Later surveillance shows the suspect’s car at the U-Haul store. Two people walk into the U-Haul location with a stolen purse connected to a stolen credit card used to rent the cargo van. The U-Haul was later recovered in Portland and one suspect was linked to the U-Haul surveillance video.

“We don’t know what else they’ve been up to or what else they’re into,” said Van Kleef. “It’s always the feat that this could happen again.”

This person is a suspect in a planned heist at a Washington County pot farm on November 18, 2019 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

But no arrests have been made in this active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and reference Case #50-193220465.

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