Portland-area police bust burglary ring

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 1:03 AM

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — The Washington County sheriff's office says a regional police task force has busted a ring based in Houston, Texas, that periodically arrived in the Portland area to commit waves of burglaries.

The sheriff's office says burglars would rent cars, buy tools and break into homes when they suspected no one was home. They focused on stealing gold, which was easy to sell in Texas.

With the help of police in Houston, three people were arrested on Oct. 27. One is jailed in Hillsboro, and two others are being held for extradition. A fourth is believed to be hiding in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Detectives believe they are responsible for more than 40 burglaries in the Portland area and may have committed similar burglaries in other states.

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