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Two Women in Stolen U-Haul Arrested for Mail Theft, Warrants

Two women were arrested after stealing mail and driving away in a stolen U-Haul. Both women had warrants and drugs. This is the second time the pair was arrested this month together in a U-Haul.
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Over the past three weeks, two women have been arrested together twice, each time in a U-Haul with stolen items and drugs.

On September 23, 2023, just after 7 a.m., deputies were called to SW Abercrombie Place and SW Berkshire Street in the Cedar Hills community. A person who lives in the area saw a woman get out of the passenger seat of a U-Haul van and break into a community mailbox. Another witness followed the U-Haul as it left the area.

Deputies found the U-Haul near SW Farmington Road and SW Watson Avenue in Beaverton, where they pulled it over with help from the Beaverton Police Department. Deputies learned the Arizona license plate was a forgery and had been printed onto a piece of sheet metal. The U-Haul was reported stolen in Portland earlier in September.

31-year-old Brandie Marie Jones Stone, of Portland, and 40-year-old Jessica Bryana Van Wechel, also of Portland, were quickly detained. Inside the U-Haul, deputies found stolen mail, burglary tools, and methamphetamine. Stone and Van Wechel both had warrants as well. Van Wechel, who was driving the U-Haul when police stopped it, also had heroin concealed on her person when she was brought to the jail.

Stone was arrested on the following charges:

  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Mail theft
  • Felony possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Criminal mischief in the second degree
  • A Clackamas County warrant for failure to appear on a prior theft charge

Van Wechel was arrested on the following charges:

  • Unlawful use of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Mail theft
  • Forgery in the first degree
  • Supplying contraband
  • Two Washington County warrants for failure to appear on prior theft and trespassing charges

On September 2, 2023, around 12:45 a.m., deputies were called to the Safeway at 13485 NW Cornell Road. Stone and Van Wechel stole groceries and drove off in a U-Haul, before deputies found and arrested them nearby.

Deputies found stolen mail, fake IDs, fake credit cards, drugs, and a stolen gun in that U-Haul. Van Wechel was arrested for theft. Stone was arrested on the following charges:

  • Three counts of identity theft
  • Unlawful possession of a fake ID
  • 15 counts of mail theft
  • Misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine
  • Theft in the second degree
  • Three counts of providing false information to a peace officer
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Three Washington County warrants

Both incidents are still being investigated and additional charges are possible.


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