UPDATE: On October 17, 2019 Family Fun RV posted on their Facebook page the stolen RV was recovered. However, there is no information about the suspect.
KOIN 6 News will update this story with developments as they happen.
The original story is below.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Heather Harrison said she’s spent a long time in the recreational vehicle business. About 5 years ago she and her family decided to open Family Fun RV on SE 82nd and Yamhill.
“It’s kind of what I know. It’s what I bleed, it’s what I eat. I don’t really know anything else,” Harrison said, laughing.
But it was no laughing matter when someone broke into their office twice early Tuesday morning and stole a phone, some sunglasses — and a 1996 Jamboree Sport worth $15,000.
“The area he took that motorhome out of is a very tight area and for someone to pull out and back up and not hit my building or the RV on either side tells me he’s driven a motorhome many times and he was experienced,” she told KOIN 6 News. “He absolutely knew how to maneuver out of a lot.”
It began around 2 a.m. when 2 windows were broken, setting off the alarm.
“I got a call from the alarm company saying there was a break-in,” she said. Police arrived and then called her around 3:30 a.m. and said everything was clear except for the broken window.
Harrison believes the thief was actually timing out how long he’d have to break in after the alarm went off.
“Sure enough, 15 minutes after I hung up the phone with (police), the alarm went back off. We have him at least 20 minutes on film.”
That second time, the thief spent about 30 minutes at Family Fun RV. “When he was here at 2 in the morning he broke the window, I’m assuming with a knife, because the knife was left behind on the ground.”
When he came back he cleaned the broken glass out of the frame and crawled into the office.
“To me it looked like he had been here before,” Harrison said. “He actually physically knew where our keys kind of were kept.”
As a business owner, the crime really disheartened her.
“It’s actually really tough. Being a small business is even harder, so this has definitely been a huge hiccup for us,” she said. “I feel violated, you know, even thought it’s a business. It’s something that I created and it was a lot of work and it was really hard. And for them to just come in and no big deal, it’s disheartening.”
The thief was so slick Harrison believes he’s likely a career thief. Now she wants him caught, not just for her, but for other businesses he might hit, she said.
“It’s not about the money for me. It’s about him getting caught and taken into custody and put away for what he’s done,” Harrison said. “It can hurt somebody so much and it does so much damage for us for just that one incident that it could take somebody out of business. And I don’t want to see that continue to happen.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau at 503.823.3333.