Oregon Couple Break Into Community Center, Steal Ink Cartridge and Take a Shower

Oregon police are investigating after multiple people were accused of breaking into a local community center, smashing up a printer and using its shower.

The incident has shocked staff members at the Linnton Community Center in Portland, where the break-in occurred shortly after 1 a.m. last Sunday. The suspects were captured on CCTV cameras but appeared to be unconcerned about being recorded, KPTV reported.

Linnton Community Center, which is located on St Helens Road, runs a series of after-school programs, a food bank, summer camp and a preschool program open to residents in local neighborhoods.

Kate Horan, who leads the pre-school, told KPTV the case was "kind of peculiar," noting that a man and woman appeared to have been flirting and one suspect was wearing a high-visibility vest.

"I don't know, they were doing it just for fun? You know? It just doesn't make sense," she said.

According to KOIN 6, the culprits gained entry to a section of the building using a code given to people who need access to the showers, before breaking into additional center areas. After initially failing to break through a door, a man pried it open with a screwdriver.

Horan alleged the woman happily watched the break-in and, while the motivation remains unknown at the time of writing, it appeared as if the couple were on a date.

After breaking through the door, the suspects smashed up a printer and staff members said they appear to have pocketed an ink cartridge. The situation became even more bizarre after the suspects made their way downstairs.

"We believe they took a shower... because they gained access to the downstairs, and that's the only thing that was used," the center's activities coordinator, Tim Kristin, told KPTV.

"This episode wasn't somebody that actually needed to break in and take a shower. They did it for the fun factor... that was the whole part that made it seem like a date. They're joking with each other, once he broke in, he's flexing his muscles, she blew him a kiss," he added.

A generator was allegedly stolen from outside the center and the suspects left the scene in a Jeep at about 2:40 a.m. Several stills from the CCTV have been posted to Facebook.

Portland Police Bureau Sergeant Brad Yakots told Newsweek the department's investigation is ongoing. "The bureau took a report of a burglary at the community center. We are trying to identify the suspects. This remains an active investigation," Yakots confirmed.

Speaking to KOIN 6, Horan expressed dismay at the situation.

"We are a non-profit community center. It is not like we get a lot of money," she said. "The money that we do get, it goes to the people that we are helping for Oregon Food Bank or the kids. Why would you do that to a community center when... we are just trying to help?

Watch Koin 6, KGW 8 or KPTV 12 for more info.

Posted by Linnton Community Center on Tuesday, October 29, 2019