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Two Men Arrested For Multiple Identity Thefts - 01/30/15
Gresham, Ore. - On January 2, 2015 Gresham Police received a report of two K-Mart employees that were receiving gift cards fraudulently. K-Mart has a frequent shopper promotion that was providing gift cards to random customers in amounts of $5, $10 or $15 throughout the holiday shopping season. The K-Mart corporate office was alerted to two 19-year-old employees that were putting items on layaway and then paying their accounts off with hundreds of the gift cards that they obtained fraudulently through this promotion.

Gresham Police investigated the allegations and identified the two suspects, 19-year-old Allan James Parsons of Gresham and 19-year-old Guadalupe Aguilar-Govea of Portland, as the two K-Mart employees that were involved in the fraud. During interviews Aguilar-Govea admitted to masterminding the fraud operation and Parsons admitted to participating in it as well. Gresham Police determined that Aguilar-Govea created over 3700 fictitious accounts using names created by a third-party website in order to receive the gift cards. In total, over $22,000 in small gift cards were received by the suspects and they were able to spend around $5,000 in the gift cards before the rest expired.

Parsons was arrested for the following charges: Theft II, Conspiracy to Commit Theft I, and Computer Crime. Aguilar-Govea was arrested for the following charges: Theft I, Aggravated Theft I, Computer Crime, and 37 counts of Aggravated Identity Theft. Aguilar-Govea is still being held on $750,000 bail at the Multnomah County Jail. Photos available through Multnomah County Sherriff's Office.

It's important to note that there was no data security breach and there is no indication that any K-Mart customer information was compromised or used in any way. The identities created by the suspects were fictitious and generated randomly by a third-party website.

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Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Missing Gresham Woman (Photo) - 01/26/15
Gresham, Ore -Police are asking the public's assistance in locating a Gresham woman with dementia who has been missing since 9:30 a.m. today. Ulrike Grieshammer,78, was last seen leaving her house to walk her dog at Butler Creek Park, 2385 SW 27th. Her home is in the 2800 block of SW 33rd.

Grieshammer is described as 5-foot 4,120 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Grieshammer answers to "Ricki" and should be walking a small black dog. She is physically in good health and is a frequent walker.

Police ask anyone seeing her to immediately call 911. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to call the Gresham Police Tips Line at 503.618.2719

UPDATE--Grieshammer was found safe. 5:35 p.m. thanks.
Attached Media Files: Grieshammer
Gresham Police participating in safety belt blitz, will watch for DUII drivers also. - 01/23/15
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department will be working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other local agencies for this year's first safety belt blitz campaign. The enhanced patrols will occur from February 9, 2014 and go through February 22, 2014. The enforcement is funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this blitz, there will be an emphasis on child safety restraints, texting while driving and speeding.

According to ODOT crash data, 938 child passengers under the age of eight were killed or injured in a one year time period. Nearly one third of those children were either riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

Distracted driving is a major contributor to traffic collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 3,328 fatalities and 421,000 injuries as a result of distraction-affected crashes nationwide. Also, it is estimated that at any given moment during the daytime across the US, 660,000 people are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. This behavior can increase by three times a driver's risk of getting into a crash.

Gresham Police will also be continuing to watch for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the blitz. During the month of December 2014, officers working under the Oregon Impact DUII grant arrested six drivers for suspicion of DUII, cited five people for driving with a suspended license, wrote 41 other citations for violations and gave out 22 warnings.
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Gresham Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 01/21/15
Roman Rogelio Mendez is a suspect in a bank robbery in Portland as well.

Gresham, Ore -Gresham Detectives arrested a man today and accused him of robbing a Chase Bank in Gresham on January 5, 2015. Roman Rogelio Mendez,29, was arrested by Gresham Police Detectives. Mendez is also a suspect in a separate robbery in Portland.

On January 5, 2015, at about 4:18 p.m., a man walked in to the Chase Bank at 3090 NE Hogan in Gresham and presented a demand note. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. The same person is suspected of robbing the Northwest Priority Credit Union at 12630 SE Division in Portland on January 16 2015. Investigators from Gresham, the Portland Police Bureau and the FBI were able to identify Mendez as the suspect in both robberies.

On January 21, 2015, a patrol officer working on a tip located Mendez staying at a hotel in the 1400 block of NE 183rd. Detectives conducted surveillance on the location and he was arrested without incident.

Mendez was lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with Bank Robbery.

*note* The attached mug shot is not the photo from today's booking. That picture should be available soon. Check with MCSO jail website.
Attached Media Files: robber.jpg , Chase Bank robber , Mendez
Gresham Police To Participate in Nationwide Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz - 01/15/15
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department will be working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other local agencies for this year's first safety belt blitz campaign. The safety belt blitz campaign begins on February 9 and ends on the 22. The enhanced enforcement is funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this blitz, there will be an emphasis on child safety restraints, texting while driving and speeding.

According to ODOT crash data, 938 child passengers under the age of eight were killed or injured in a one year time period. Nearly one third of those children were either riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size.

Oregon law requires children less than one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds to be restrained in a rear-facing car seat. It also requires children weighing less than forty pounds to be restrained in either a child seat or booster seat until they are eight years old or 4'9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly. In order to ensure that child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual or local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

Distracted driving is also a major contributor to traffic collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 3,328 fatalities and 421,000 injuries as a result of distraction-affected crashes nationwide. Also, it is estimated that at any given moment during the daytime across the US, 660,000 people are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. This behavior can increase by three times a driver's risk of getting into a crash.


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