Add Burglary to the #Occupy Resume

The Oregon police suspect that the Occupy Squatting in a Northwest Portland Duplex has turned into Occupy Burglary.

Oregon Live reports:

A Northeast Portland duplex next to a house associated with Occupy Portland squatters was broken into Sunday night, Portland Police reported Monday.

Officers were sent to the 500 block of Northeast Bryant Street at about 10:45 p.m. after receiving a call from the owner, who said the duplex is for sale and was staged with furniture. The owner told police it looked like someone had broken in.

Police said a house to the west of the property is associated with squatters from the Occupy Portland movement. Police said Occupy signs were in the front yard, and a “large group of Occupiers” were standing in the front yard. A banner hanging in from the front porch of the duplex read: Together we are unevictable.

When police searched the new duplex they found the lockbox had been removed from the front door, and another lockbox had been removed from the gas meter. When they looked through the front door they saw that furniture had been moved. They also spotted a grocery bag on the kitchen floor.

Officers searched the backyard and found the fencing between the duplex and the house to the west had been removed and was piled up in the backyard of the house.

Police had to break a window to enter the duplex.

Inside they found a man crouched down by the front door.

Derek John Charles Zika

Derek John Charles Zika, 24, had personal belongings in an upstairs bedroom and it appeared he had just taken a shower in the upstairs bathroom. The grocery bag in the kitchen contained two new sets of door locks that did not belong to the homeowner.

Zika, police said, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal trespass. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.


About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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