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Man caught on home surveillance stealing cans

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A man carrying a bag of cans was arrested on three charges after an officer linked him to thefts at a nearby home.

Darren Robert Myers, 26, of Astoria was charged with criminal trespassing, theft and providing false information to police.

A woman in the 800 block of King Salmon Street in Hammond reported two separate thefts last month, one of glass fishing floats and the other a bag of aluminum cans. The thief in both cases was captured on her home surveillance system.

An officer driving on Pacific Drive about 6 a.m. March 28 spotted a man walking from a side yard toward the parking lot at Point Adams Packing Company, according to a police report. He matched the suspect in the homeowner’s video.

“I asked where the bag he was carrying was and he told me he placed them into the bushes until he is off work” at the cannery, the officer wrote. The man gave him a false name, which came back without any wants or warrants.

He allowed to man to continue to work, but when the officer asked a longtime employee there about the suspect, he was told the man didn’t work there.

The officer caught up with Myers, who was now behind the cannery. He watched the video surveillance again and was convinced this was the same man. When he showed the video to Myers, he agreed it was him, according to the report.

The home owner who reported the theft identified the types of cans in the bag, which was returned to her. While en route to the jail, the man admitted providing a false name, according to the report.

Myers had several active warrants. In a pat-down search, drug paraphernalia, including multiple needles and a glass pipe were found in his possession.

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