Suspected drone-flying food cart burglar arrested


At least two carts at the Piedmont Food Cart pod were targeted

An October 2, 2019 booking photo of Christopher Behurst (right) and a surveillance image of the suspect in the Piedmont food cart burglary. (Courtesy)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man accused of using a drone to scope out food carts and steal from them has been arrested.

At least two food carts in the Piedmont Food Cart pod on Northeast Killingsworth Street were targeted. Hapa Howie’s owner Kiaha Rasmussen saw a drone on her surveillance video, followed by a man breaking into her cart.

The Piedmont Station Food Carts on Northeast Killingsworth in Portland, October 1, 2019 (KOIN)

PDX Donerland was also targeted. Owners Franziska and Ron San Pedro said they heard about Hapa Howie’s break-in and then noticed own lock was cut.

The thief took tablets, business checks, loose change, stickers, a first aid kit and other items.

“I’m shocked, angry and also mildly impressed,” Rasmussen told KOIN Tuesday. “He knew exactly where he was going. He went into the back and helped himself into the cart.”

Portland police said Christopher Behurst, 34, has been charged with burglary and theft for the incidents.

Police are still investigating other food cart burglaries reported Wednesday.

Watch: Owners: Thieves used drones to burgle food carts

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