PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A burglary suspect told police he broke into several storage units to help feed his three children, officials said.
The information, detailed in a probable case document obtained by KOIN 6 News, reveals Harold Hayes, 49, was arrested July 3 at the Public Storage located at 8920 Northeast Halsey Street.
Emergency dispatchers sent police to the area at 3:20 a.m. after an alarm company reported someone possibly attempting to gain entry to the United Rentals Trench Safe Company, located at 9050 Northeast Halsey Street.
The two businesses are adjacent to one another.
Officers arrived and set up a perimeter, police said. One of the officers heard a loud crash and a popping noise coming from the Public Storage, court documents state. Police searched the area and found Hayes crouched down, trying to hide in some shrubbery, prosecutors said.
Hayes was taken into custody. Police found a pair of bolt cutters, noted that he was sweating heavily and his pant legs were torn, court documents state.
Police found a hole had been cut in the fencing and found two bags sitting outside the fence. Officials said Hayes made access into 7 storage units and three other units showed “evidence of cutting attempts,” court documents state.
Hayes told police he broke into the storage units to help feed his three children, court documents state. He said he didn’t have much and was raising the children by himself, a prosecutor said.
Hayes admitted to cutting the fence and locks using the bolt cutter officers found while searching the area, officials said.
During an interview with police, Hayes said “he removed items that he thought he would be able to sell at a pawn shop,” court documents reveal.
Hayes is charged with seven counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of attempted second-degree burglary.
He appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon where a defense attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
His next court date is set for July 15. He remains locked up in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on bail set at more than $40,000.
— Brent Weisberg