Chinese Garden hit by Pearl serial burglar

Chinese Garden hit by Pearl serial burglar

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by Teresa Blackman and Katherine Cook, KGW Staff

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Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 11 at 6:45 AM

PORTLAND – Police were searching for two men suspected in a string of burglaries in the Pearl District.

Investigators said the break-ins happened on March 26th and March 28th at an office building on Northwest 4th. Two days later, there was a late-night forced entry on northwest Everett at the Lan Su Garden.

"When I came into work that morning, we heard that somebody broke the window," said Maggie Kumbalek, who works at the Chinese Garden.

Police said the burglar broke into the garden's gift store, reached in and stole several Chinese dolls. They later found spots of blood on the broken glass.

"It upsets me because we want everybody to be safe," said Kumbalek.

On the night of April 1st, Police said someone broke into a unit at The Street Car Lofts on NW 12th.

"You'd think with all these condos and people everywhere, you'd be safe," said resident, Pete Hensing.

After the incident, the building's management posted a sign in the lobby, warning residents to be on the look out for strangers.

"No mater where you live, you're never 100-percent safe, so you have to be careful," said resident, Donavan Dichter. "Make sure you lock your doors and keep an eye out for who comes in and out of the front doors," he suggested.

Back at the garden, Kumbalik said she hopes police are being just as vigilant.

"I hope that whoever did this will get caught," she said.

Police said in each of the break-ins, the suspects have been described as two white men, 30 to 40-years-old, one of them with brown hair.

Anyone with information on this case was asked to contact police.

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