On Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 7:45a.m., Portland Police North Precinct Public Safety Support Specialists responded to a report of the theft of a van from the parking lot of a hotel in the 12200 block of North Jantzen Drive. When officers arrived, they learned that the van was left running briefly in the parking lot when a suspect jumped in and drove away. Four terriers were in crates in the van.
The van was a 2022 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van, dark blue in color, with no plates and a temporary tag in the rear window. There was a handicap placard and a Rose City Dog Show parking pass in the front window. The van had a metal divider between the passenger compartment and the cargo area. It also had tinted windows on the sides and rear hatch.
This morning, authorities reported that the dogs taken in the earlier incident had been located and returned to their owners. An alert community member in located the dogs in the van after he found it abandoned on the road. PPB assisted with the return of the dogs to their owners.
No additional information was available at this time.