Serial burglary suspects caught in NE Portland identified

Burglary suspects caught in NE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two people were taken into custody Thursday morning as police were investigating commercial burglaries on Southeast Belmont Street, North Mississippi Avenue and Northeast Alberta Street.

Officers were at the break-ins on Mississippi when an alarm rang at Binks Bar in the 2700 block of Alberta.

Two people fled from responding officers and tried to hide in the neighborhood.

Police threw up a dragnet that included officers from three precincts, K-9 units and air support. The suspects were found near 26th and Alberta.

The suspects were later identified as 19-year-old Alec Ryan Cameron Johnson and 16-year-old Julian Miguel Gallardo. They were charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief. They may face additional charges as police continue to investigate other burglary reports.

A dark, smaller SUV drove away and was not spotted.

In addition to Binks, the following businesses were burglarized Thursday morning:

  • Mae Ploy Thai Cuisine – 2531 NE Alberta St.
  • Laughing Planet – 3765 N Mississippi Ave.
  • Samurai Blue – 3807 N Mississippi Ave.
  • Red Square Café – 4505 SE Belmont St.
  • Cheese Bar – 6031 SE Belmont St.

“The way I was raised is that you respect someone’s property, you know. And, people sometimes they just have nothing else to do," said Mae Ploy landlord Gwen Reed-Thrasher. "This is something people do, you know?” 

“I think I cannot open today, we have to clean inside, and I have to call my employees. It’s not good for business when it happens like this,” said Mae Ploy owner Lucky Promprasert.

Shattered glass at Mae Ploy on NE Alberta st ... owner says burglars took the cash box and she doesn't think she'll be able to open today

Posted by KGW's Rachael Rafanelli on Thursday, June 22, 2017

The crimes come a week after seven businesses were burglarized near the same stretch of Alberta Street.

Also, a KGW photographer captured images of commercial burglaries early Thursday morning along Southeast Belmont Street. Information about those incidents has not been released.

Police have not said whether they are all related.

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