A 36-year-old man is suspected of stealing more than $100,000 in merchandise from jewelry kiosks in two suburban Portland malls in five separate robberies since October, Tigard police said.
Earl Mitchell Brim was arraigned in Washington County Circuit Court on Friday on five counts each of first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary, court documents show.
Tigard police arrested Brims on Wednesday, the department said Friday. Court records show he lived in Tigard, but also list an address in Michigan.
According to court documents, Brims is suspected of entering downtown Clackamas on October 11 with a burglary tool or theft device, then again entering Washington Square Mall on November 19, December 15, January 31. and April 7. Brims allegedly hit Banter by Piercing Pagoda, a chain of jewelry and piercing kiosks with locations in both malls, according to court records. He got away with $100,000 worth of goods, Tigard police said.
An employee of the downtown Clackamas newsstand chain declined to comment on Friday. The Washington Square Mall did not immediately respond to a phone message from The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Brims pleaded not guilty on April 11 in a separate case to three counts of second-degree criminal trespassing in Washington County. He was released the next day after agreeing to return to court on May 9, according to court documents.
— Catalina Gaitan