CAMAS — On Feb. 13, eight downtown Camas businesses were burglarized. An investigation revealed similar burglaries occurred in Vancouver and Portland with fact patterns consistent with the Camas burglaries.
Camas detectives worked closely with detectives from the Vancouver Police Department and were further assisted by the Portland Police Bureau and Washington County Sheriff’s Department, ultimately leading to the arrest of two people.
Alex James Burton, a 32-year-old transient from Beaverton, Ore., was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail on five counts of second-degree burglary and one count of first-degree malicious mischief.
A 17-year-old male, of Vancouver, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for eight counts of second-degree burglary; two counts of second-degree possession of stolen property; and two counts of third-degree possession of stolen property.
All of the listed charges are related to the Camas burglaries. The suspects were also charged with additional burglaries that did not occur in Camas.
The businesses in Camas that were burglarized on Feb. 13 included Artkana, Cake Happy, Dance Evolution, Journey Community Church, Wild Hair, Happy Island Restaurant, Attic Gallery and Straub’s.