Hermiston Police arrested a suspected car prowler on Tuesday. Frank Walker, a Umatilla resident, was arrested around 2:30 a.m., for allegedly stealing purses out of several vehicles.
While night shift officers were patrolling a neighborhood near Southwest 17th Street and Southwest Riverhill Drive, they noticed a suspicious vehicle leaving the area. While catching up to the car, an officer saw a purse in the street, which they thought was tossed from the suspicious vehicle. The officer stopped to collect the purse, and another officer stopped the car. The investigation led to the arrest of one of the vehicle’s occupants, Walker. Officers said Walker had allegedly stolen the purse from another vehicle before being spotted by the officer.
Walker was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on charges of unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle, first degree theft, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and offensive littering, “because even if the purse is stolen, you can’t just throw it in the street.”
“The officer’s report did not specify if the purse matched Walker’s shoes,” the department wrote on Facebook.
Walker has been arrested 15 times and has been issued 27 citations.
Hermiston Police said the case is an example of the uptick in thefts from vehicles they’ve seen lately. They said many of the thefts could be prevented by people locking their cars, taking their keys and removing valuables from the vehicle.