Brothers accused of serial burglaries in Portland

Brothers accused of serial burglaries in Portland

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 7:46 PM

PORTLAND – A trio of brothers were arrested Friday for a series of commercial burglaries in Portland.

Early Friday morning, Justin Royce Harris, 36, Arthur Nolan Harris, 25, and Aaron Harris, 19, burglarized a business in Northwest Portland. They were under police surveillance, which included aerial video. The three drove away from the scene, but were pulled over and arrested by detectives, according to police.

“Using our air support unit, they were able to witness them commit a burglary, followed them, got a car to stop that vehicle and arrested the three,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau.

Police then searched the residences at 20 Northwest 16th Avenue and 846 North Webster Street, seizing a significant amount of stolen property, police said.

Many of the people who lived near the Harris brothers said they found it odd that they never went to work.

“You could just tell something was up, a lot of neighbors that I've spoken with felt very uncomfortable by the presence over there,” said Sarah Jackson.

Police said it looked like a family business.

“Maybe you have an older brother teaching the younger ones how to do it,” said Simpson.

The brothers made their first court appearance Monday and were charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

The eldest, Justin, had an extensive criminal history, including charges like burglary, unlawful use of a weapon and escape.

The two younger brothers were out of jail by Monday and awaiting a hearing on June 20. As a condition of their release, they were prohibited from contacting each other.

Justin Harris remained in police custody.

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Chris Willis contributed to this report

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