Man arrested in Portland food cart burglary 'person of interest' in others

6th food cart pod broken into

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A cell phone stolen from a food cart led police to a man suspected of breaking in to several food cart pods over the last month.

On Nov. 10, police were dispatched to the report of a food cart prowler at Killingsworth Station Food Cart Square, at 1331 N. Killingsworth St. Arriving officers found several of the carts burglarized. The cell phone was among the missing items.

The victim helped police track the cell phone to the Mississippi Gateway Food Carts near North Mississippi Avenue and Fremont Street, where they found 32-year-old Charles Johnson on the property and arrested him for criminal mischief. 

The investigation continues into the Killingsworth Square burglaries.  But cart owners there are pleased evidence there helped get Johnson caught.

 "I’m excited, I am so glad that he got caught it’s been such a relief for the whole community of food carts.  We were so nervous for our cart, for the whole pod--  the night it happened we were just devastated... then  they caught him, we were hoping it was the same guy—thank God he’s caught," said Michi Sineth of the Hash It Up Cart.  

After the arrest, Johnson was also accused in a Nov. 1 burglary at the Sherpa Nirvana food cart at 5429 NE 42nd Ave. 

Johnson is a 'person of interest' in several more food cart burglaries, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

He was previously arrested for breaking in to Tina's Corner Restaurant, at 5515 Southeast 122nd Avenue, on Oct. 26. 

Anyone with information on any of the food cart burglaries should contact Detective Matt Estes at 503-823-0462.


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