Police need help finding man stealing schools' tech gear

Police need help finding man stealing schools' tech gear
The suspect is seen in this still from a security camera. (Image courtesy of Portland Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police are asking the public to help them identify a suspect they say has stolen computers and other high-tech equipment from area schools.

Police said they believe the suspect, a white male in his mid-20s to early 30s, has stolen items from schools including Winterhaven School, Llewellyn School, Sunnyside School, and St. John's School in Milwaukie.

Police said the man was also spotted inside St. Clare's School in Portland but nothing was taken.

The suspect goes into the school posing as a parent or prospective parent, goes into classrooms and takes items including laptop computers, tablets computers and other electronics, police said.

The suspect, described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds, was caught on security cameras at St. Clare’s School in Southeast Portland. In images provided by police, the man is seen wearing a green shirt, blue ball cap and a purple backpack.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case or any unsolved felony. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information. Or, use the Crime Stoppers app.