CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Cops busted a suspect in Clackamas with a cache of stolen guns, heroin and meth, leading them to a treasure trove of loot from a string of burglaries around the area, deputies said.
It all started last week when Molalla police pulled over a suspect know only as “Swerve” and found a handgun, more than 2 ounces of heroin, and more than an ounce of meth, according to Lt. Robert Wurpes with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
“Swerve” aka 32-year-old Brian Urban, of Mulino, was then identified as a suspect in a large string in burglaries around the area, Wurpes said.
When deputies searched Urban’s home in Mulino, they found a stockpile of stolen goods including a golf cart, chainsaws, bikes, air compressors, and a host of other loot. Investigators also found an arsenal of stolen firearms including high-end rifles, shotguns and gun silencers, Wurpes said.
Urban was arrested on charges including ex-con in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, and outstanding warrants for drug and theft charges. He was booked in the Clackamas County Jail.
So far, investigators have tied Urban to three open burglary cases, two felony thefts and two vehicle break-ins. Deputies continue to return the stolen items to the proper owners.
"One of the big challenges of cases like these is getting property back to their owners," said Property Detective Sgt. Matt Swanson in a press release.
Police encourage owners to record serial numbers of items they own to help police return stolen property more quickly.