Portland, Oregon – Police say a purse snatching ring involving four people is targeting elderly Asian women in Southeast Portland. The crimes are taking place in areas surrounding Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street in the Jade District. Police say at least two of the alleged victims suffered minor injuries. The Portland Chinese Times newspaper says the suspects may be
targeting Chinese speakers because the language barrier makes reporting crimes harder.
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Portland Police Bureau Case #19-48440The Portland Police Bureau’s Robbery Detective Unit is asking for help from the public identifying suspects in a string of pedestrian thefts and robberies in Portland’s Jade District. PPB has received at least 12 reports of thefts and robberies stretching back to early December that have a concerning pattern. All of the cases have targeted elderly Asian women carrying purses in the area surrounding Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. At least two victims have sustained minor injuries during the commission of the robberies.
Robbery Detectives have partnered with PPB’s Detective Coordination Team and East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team to investigate. They’ve done undercover missions in the Jade District, and will continue to do so, hoping to catch the suspects.
Attached are pictures and video of suspects seen using one of the victim’s credit cards shortly after the cards were stolen. The suspects all are believed to be African American males between 16 and 20 years old, tall and thin.
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