WPD Makes Two Arrests on Separate Vehicle Thefts

Woodburn police officers arrested two men on two separate stolen vehicle calls Saturday.

The first incident involved Raul Chacon, 31, of Woodburn stealing a relative’s car near the area of Brown Street and Tulip Avenue in Woodburn. Officers responded to the location and discovered that Chacon had stolen the vehicle earlier in the day. When the vehicle was recovered, stolen paperwork was found inside linking Chacon to another stolen vehicle. 

Chacon was found in possession with paperwork that were linked to other car break-ins in the Woodburn area. He was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft III and a parole violation and transported to Marion County Jail. 

Anyone with information or knowledge of Chacon’s criminal activity is asked to call the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.

The second incident involved Benjamin Howell, 29. An observant Woodburn Premium Outlets security officer confronted Benjamin Howell who appeared to be breaking into a vehicle at the mall. Howell fled from the security officer and Woodburn police were called.

Police were able to set a perimeter at the mall as Howell was attempting to flee while running through the mall. Howell also had a parole violation warrant for his arrest. Officers were able to track down Howell after he barricaded himself in a women’s restroom bathroom stall.

During the investigation it was found that the vehicle Howell was trying to break into was a vehicle he had previously stolen and had driven to the mall. Howell stated he was breaking into the vehicle because he had lost the keys to the vehicle. 

Howell was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, shoplifting, giving false information, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), criminal mischief III and a parole violation. He was transported to Marion County Jail.

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