Portland police Det. Mark Georgioff and North Precinct Police Commander Jim Ferraris talk to reporters about the arrest of an alleged thief, who police say stole potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods during a spree that began in December. Below them is a table of guns that were recovered.
Portland police have apprehended a suspect whom they believe spent more than six months prowling cars and storage units, stealing what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods.
On July 3, Police Detectives from North Precinct arrested 37-year-old Michael Pavlicek, and charged him multiple counts of theft in connection with at least 100 thefts from storage units and cars he broke into.
Police opened up a room brimming with the stolen bounty to reporters earlier today at North Police Precinct. Inside was a small mountain of stolen goods. A snowboard, greasy DeWalt power tools, a jacket for ABC News, a table full of laptops, a sawed-off shotgun, a cigar humidor with an Air Force insignia, taped-up and tattered boxes full of electronic goods, even a riding lawnmower, were among the items inside.
Speaking to reporters, Det. Mark Georgioff said that there were easily 35 victims, and possibly 50 in total, whose property was in the room. He said that Pavlicek likely began his alleged spree around December.
“This guy was rather prolific,” said Georgioff. He said that Pavlicek would break into and drive away with U-Hauls, break into storage units and prowl cars around Jantzen Beach and Portland State University, hitting up sometimes two or three locations a night often with help from an accomplice. Georgioff said that he is alleged to have stolen three trucks and two motorcycles, having a particular affinity for Ford trucks.
Georgioff said that detectives got on the suspects trail after he left some papers with his name on them in a truck he was prowling near the airport that he backed away from after being confronted by the owner. The papers were passed along to police by the Portland of Portland, which had obtained them.
The big break came on July 3, when a PSU security office confronted Pavlicek for a stolen vehicle he had on the campus.
With Pavlicek in custody, officers obtained search warrants for several locations in Estacada where they recovered the loot.
North Precinct Commander Jim Ferraris said that there were teachable moments from the case. Police recovered 10 handguns, some of them stolen from vehicles, illustrating the need to secure firearms, he said. He also stressed the importance of individuals filing police reports after being the victim of theft, even if it’s dubious that they will do any good.
“If we don’t have people making reports we can’t re-unite them with their property,” he said.
Currently police are trying to contact individuals who’ve had property stolen. If you think some of your stuff might be in the evidence room at the North Portland Precinct, call 503-823-5700.