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Donut Thief Caught With Pastry In Hand


After leading police on a chase through southeast Portland, a man driving a stolen donut delivery vehicle eventually just stopped and dropped a pastry from his hands out the window, police say.

Peter Johansen, 34, jumped into the Donut Land van and took off after its driver stopped to make a delivery in downtown Portland, leaving it unlocked with the keys inside.

As a police officer was taking the stolen vehicle report, another officer spotted the van at Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 21st Avenue, police said. The officer jumped into his patrol car and activated his lights. Instead of stopping, Johansen led him on a chase.

The alleged donut thief pulled over at Southeast 59th Avenue and Mall Street where the officer commanded him to put both hands out the window.

The suspect, “put his hands out the window and the officer observed a pastry fall from the suspect’s hands,” police said.

Johansen was arrested and taken into custody on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft and attempt to elude.

The owner of the delivery vehicle was brought to the scene and reunited with his delivery van, a 2004 Chevy Astro.

Police noted that there were donuts scattered about the inside of the van, but otherwise there was no damage to the vehicle.



CBS Seattle


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