‘You guys saved us big time’ with school burglar caught, property recovered

Chelsea Mitchell Arrests & Apprehensions

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Operator Joe Orsborn

Police responded in less than three minutes to a Sonitrol Pacific verified alarm at a Portland area school and caught a suspected burglar filling a cart with about $40,000 worth of electronics August 16.

Monitoring Operator Joe Orsborn received the security system activation just after 2 a.m.  Initially, he only heard the HVAC unit when listening to the audio security sensors, but soon heard sounds of movement and dispatched West Linn Police.

Officers arrived at the school in less than three minutes of receiving Orsborn’s call.  They found a woman inside the school with a rolling cart loaded with more than 40 lap tops, multiple digital cameras and computer software, and a 50 inch plasma TV sitting on a hand cart.  The woman told police she was a teacher moving the equipment, but her story quickly unraveled and she was arrested.  Officers expect a second person was helping the woman and are working to track down that individual.

At a time of shrinking school budgets, the loss of the equipment would have been devastating to the school.

“Big kudos to Sonitrol,” said a representative from the school district.  “You guys saved us big time and we love working with you.”

Read the West Linn Tidings article about this incident.