Oregon man arrested after stealing thousands of respirator masks
PORTLAND, Ore. – An Oregon man is behind bars after attempting to sell stolen N95 respirator masks online.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, on March 6 a North Precinct officer responded to 3625 North Mississippi Avenue where someone had just stolen between 20-25 cases of the masks. Each case had 400 masks and the loss was estimated at $2,500.
On March 7, police say the victim found someone selling the stolen masks on CraigsList. She set up a meeting, but Beaverton Police arrived and arrested the suspect, 22-year-old Vladislav V. Drozdek of Beaverton.
Drozdek was booked into the Washington County Jail for theft.
Although police recovered 6 cases, the rest were still missing.
On March 21, the Portland Police Bureau found 7 more boxes that were stolen inside a house on Northeast Sacramento Street.
The victim donated all the masks to local hospitals in need.
“This was a good example of interagency teamwork and cooperation, along with some helpful detective work by the victim,” said Assistant Chief of Operations Mike Frome, “This is even more significant during a time when these medical supplies are in such short supply.”