CAMAS, Wash. -- Police arrested two suspects in connection with burglaries at multiple businesses in downtown Camas.

Eight businesses were broken into on Feb. 13.

Detectives arrested Alex James Burton, 32, who is a transient from Beaverton, and a 17-year-old Vancouver, Wash., boy on burglary charges.

The duo will also face charges for more burglaries in Vancouver and Portland, according to Camas police. Detectives identified a pattern that was consistent among burglaries in all three cities.

Deputies chased suspects

On Feb. 13, Washington County sheriff's deputies chased a suspect that turned out to be linked to the burglaries.

The driver fled with the deputy in pursuit but was he able to get away. The car was found in a ditch near Cedar Park Middle School.

Deputies learned the 2002 Nissan Altima was stolen in Vancouver and linked to the Camas burglaries. The car contained a cash register from the Liberty Theatre in Camas, along with other items tied to Vancouver and Camas locations.

The suspect or suspects broke windows to enter the businesses and then stole cash, credit cards, electronics and food.

"It's really sad and it would be nice to find out who did all this," said Jessica Burton with Dance Evolution Studios. "It's heartbreaking really."

The following eight businesses were burglarized:

  • Arktana (415 Northeast 4th Avenue)
  • Cake Happy (340 Northeast 4th Avenue)
  • Dance Evolution (334 Northeast 4th Avenue)
  • Journey Community Church (304 Northeast 4th Avenue)
  • Wild Hair (418 Northeast Cedar Street)
  • Happy Island Restaurant (419 Northeast Cedar Street)
  • Attic Gallery (421 Northeast Cedar Street)
  • Straub's (325 Northeast 3rd Avenue)

"Being a small business owner, when you're financially putting everything on the line to do something you love to do it's tough to know someone will break your door down and rummage through your personal belongings and steal your items," said Jon O'Keeffe with Cake Happy. "It's definitely a feeling of helplessness and also financially how much is this going to cost me."