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Vancouver Police Hiring Officers (Photo) - 04/17/14
The Vancouver Police Department has current police officer vacancies and is actively hiring entry leveland lateral police officers. The department will be hosting an informational meeting designed to offer prospective candidates information on the testing and background process and to answer questions.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)

For additional information on careers with the Vancouver Police Department visit or contact the Background unit at (360) 487-7454.

Vancouver Police investigate early morning burglaries (Photo) - 04/14/14
Vancouver Police are investigating a pair of early morning burglaries to convenience stores between the 8000 and 9700 blocks of Mill Plain. Both burglaries, occurring on consecutive days at similar hours, involve a white male subject in his late teens to early twenties, wearing jeans, a gray jacket and a mask, breaking glass doors with a brick and entering the stores to steal cigarettes.

Along with the location, time of day, and method of operation, video surveillance from both stores suggests the same subject was involved in both incidents. Anyone having information regarding these incidents or recognizing the subject in the related photos is asked to contact the Vancouver Police.
Attached Media Files: 4/13/14 , 4/14/14 , 4/14/14
Vancouver Credit Union Robbed - 04/09/14
On April 9, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery alarm at the Cascade Federal Credit Union (1706 D St #C).

Employees reported that a male entered the credit union with a bandanna pulled over his face, lifted his jacket to reveal a handgun in his waistband, and demanded money. He fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white male 30-40, 6', 200 lbs., wearing a black jacket, black pants, plaid print baseball cap, bandanna, and black gloves.

A search of the area was conducted, the suspect was not located.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact Vancouver Police.
Vancouver Police Attempting to Return Recovered Stolen Property - 04/03/14
On March 27, 2014, the Vancouver Police West Neighborhood Response Team (NRT West) conducted follow up on an investigation involving a series of thefts and residential burglaries. Detectives served search warrants at a residence and a storage unit where several items of stolen property were recovered.

Detectives are attempting to locate the victims related to these thefts and return the recovered property to them. Below is a list of the property items recovered. Photos of each of the items can be viewed on the Vancouver Police Department website at the following link.

* Department 56 collectible Christmas decorations
* Collectible Steiff Bears - some in original boxes and some in plastic bags
* Specialized bike - silver and black
* Specialized bike - green and white (serial # in photo)
* Lionel model train cars
* Lehmann LGB model train cars (Amtrak)

The Vancouver Police Department is asking victims that recognize their property from the list and images to contact Vancouver Police Det. Tyler Chavers at (360) 487-7447 or
Vancouver Police Seek Assistance to Locate Missing Teen (Photo) (UPDATE 2: LOCATED) - 03/31/14
*** UPDATE 2 ***

Lorenzo Gordon has been located by VPD. He is safe and being reunited with family.

*** UPDATE 1 ***

Contact was made with Lorenzo Gordon, no longer considered missing/endangered. Considered runaway. Still outstanding. If seen contact the Vancouver Police Department.


On March 31, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to the 700 block of SE 139th Avenue for the report of a missing/runaway teen, Lorenzo C. Gordon, 13, was last seen on March 30, 2014 at approximately 9:00 pm. It appears that Lorenzo left his residence sometime during the night and was discovered missing by family members this morning. He has some developmental delays and functions at a level below his age. He previously resided in the 3400 block of NE 66th Ave and may try to travel back to that location.

Lorenzo is a light-skinned black male, 5'2", 100 lbs., brown eyes, short black hair, believed to be wearing a black shirt and black shorts or pants, unknown if he was wearing shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lorenzo Gordon is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department or 911.
Attached Media Files: 2014-03/385/72982/V14-4644.jpg
Vancouver Police Looking for Missing Three Year Old (Update 2: LOCATED SAFE) (Photo) - 03/28/14
*** UPDATE ***

Missing 3 year old Ajay Sardis has been located safe. He will be reunited with family shortly.

*** UPDATE ***

Attached is a flyer that members of the public can print and distribute as needed. Members of the public are asked to look for and listen for Ajay Sardis as they are starting their day, looking in yards, under outdoor furniture or outbuildings or other locations where a young child may be to get out of the weather.

The active search for the child is still ongoing.


On March 28, 2014 at approximately 3:06 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a residence in the 5400 block of NE 34th Street for the report of a missing 3-year-old male child. The child was being cared for by a relative at the residence and was last seen at approximately 1:15 a.m. The relative woke up to check on the child at around 3:00 a.m., and he was not in the home and the residence was unlocked.

The child, Ajay J. Sardis is a Pacific Islander, male, 3 years old, black hair, last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt (possibly black), brown pants, and is not wearing shoes or a coat.

The Vancouver Police are asking residents in the are to check areas in and around their home to look in places where a 3 year old may hide to get out of the weather. Anyone who sees Ajay is asked to call 911 immediately.

Vancouver Police Recover Stolen Nutcracker (Photo) - 03/27/14
Vancouver, WA. - On March 27, 2014, the Vancouver Police West Neighborhood Response Team (NRT West) was conducting follow up on an investigation involving a series of thefts and residential burglaries. Detectives learned that a Vancouver residence and storage unit were being used to store various items of stolen property. Search warrants were served at both locations and several items of stolen property were recovered, including a six-foot nutcracker that was reported stolen from the porch of a residence in December 2013.

James Elioff, DOB 6/3/64, was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property I and booked into the Clark County Jail. Additional charges are anticipated and the case is still ongoing.
Vancouver Police Investigate Single Vehicle Crash - 03/26/14
On March 26, 2014 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3700 block of SE Columbia Way for a single vehicle collision. When officers arrived they located a vehicle that had crashed into a tree on the south side of the roadway. The driver, and lone occupant, Anthony N. Almeida, 24, of Vancouver, required extrication by emergency personnel and was transported with life-threatening injuries. He later died at the hospital.

The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is investigating and at this time it appears speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
Vancouver Police Activities League Host Literacy Event - 03/24/14
On March 27, 2014, the Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) will host another monthly literacy event at a local elementary school.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Burton Elementary School (14015 NE 28th Street)

Each month Vancouver PAL partners with an elementary school in either the Vancouver or Evergreen School District and provides each second grade student a free book and a chance to read with a police officer. In addition to reading with the students, Officers from the Vancouver Police Department also have an outdoor display of police vehicles for the kids to see and to meet the officers.

Media are always invited to attend any PAL event. There are great visuals at the literacy events! Members of the media who wish to attend should check in at the school office upon arrival.