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“PORCH PIRATE” LOCATED AND ARRESTED

News Release from Newport Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: May 23rd, 2022 1:00 PM

On May 20th at approximately 5:38 AM the Newport Police Department received a call of the theft of a package from a Newport resident’s front porch. The victim reported hearing a car door shut and realizing a package that had been delivered the day before, was missing from the porch. 

The victim reviewed their surveillance footage and located a male subject parking a gold colored Honda minivan in the street, walk onto the porch and leave with the package. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle.

The victim uploaded the surveillance footage to social media and requested help from the public in locating the suspect. At approximately 1:35 pm, the victim contacted Officers and advised someone had spotted the vehicle near SE Fogarty and Highway 20. Officers located the vehicle and found it to be unoccupied.  So officers set up surveillance on the vehicle. At approximately 2:25 pm a male and a female entered the vehicle and began driving east on Highway 20.

Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the male driver as 25-year-old Trystin McClain of Springfield Oregon. McClain matched the physical description of the male observed on surveillance footage and was wearing the same clothing. Once confronted, McClain retrieved the stolen item from the vehicle and turned it over to the Officers. The item was valued at $70, so McClain was issued a citation for Theft II and Driving While Suspended and released from the scene. There was no evidence of additional thefts in McClain’s vehicle. 

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