HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The Gert Boyle robbery and kidnapping plot took another twist Thursday when Hillsboro police confirmed to KGW that officers were warned of a possible kidnapping just hours before the former Columbia Sportswear boss was tied up and robbed.

Police say they were only given partial names and addresses, that it was an unspecified threat and they simply didn't have enough to go on.

According to Hillsboro police, officers got a call on November 10 warning of a potential crime.

When officers checked it out, they learned a woman had information that a kidnapping might happen in the next 24 hours.

Police didn't know where, when or who was being targeted.

Hillsboro police say an officer wrote up a report and turned it in about 4 p.m. It was intended to go to other police agencies. Less than two hours later, the kidnappers struck.

Three men are now under arrest for the alleged kidnapping plot.

Court records suggest they intended to hold Columbia Sportswear's Gert Boyle for ransom.

Hillsboro police admit they re frustrated.

Certainly our officers wish that we had better information to be able to try and get someone but we had no idea about West Linn or never a hard target, we never knew who the target was in this case, said Lt. Mike Rouches Hillsboro Police Department.

Prosecutors characterize the case as still a very active investigation. All three suspects are in jail, held on $500,000 bail each.

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