PORTLAND --Shop owners fed up after a rash of iPad and iPhone thefts in boutiques across Portland teamed up to catch a suspect Friday.
A shop owner spotted one man in her Northwest Portland store and captured his picture. Shop owners circulated the picture, believing the man belongs to a team of thieves.
The woman then called the boyfriend of another shop owner for help, and that’s when James Dees spotted the man with another guy outside the store.
The two men split up, so Dees called police and followed one of them.
“I then went up to him and ask him if he knew what an off-duty police officer looks like. He threw the iPad at me and I gave chase, but I'm wearing good shoes so I backed off,” Dees said.
Dees then told a Mounted Patrol Officer what was going on and the man was taken into custody in Old Town Portland.
Dees believes the thieves create a diversion in stores and steal the iPhones and iPads and later sell them on the internet.