HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 13, 2021, Javier Avitia was convicted of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Judge Eric Butterfield then sentenced the defendant to 24 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Jason Ring prosecuted the defendant.

The victims in this case were out of state at the time of the burglary. They arranged for family members to housesit while they were away. A family member went to the home on December 2, 2018 and immediately noticed signs of a burglary. A door was pried open, a large television was moved to the garage and the family car was stolen. Additionally, many drawers were opened and the whole home had been ransacked. A large safe was also missing.

Over the course of the next year, investigators with the Hillsboro Police Department extensively investigated the case. They used a GPS device to locate the stolen vehicle. They found a receipt in the car from an area cannabis store. They then used store surveillance footage to identify a possible suspect. Investigators also learned that someone synched two phones to the car’s system after they stole it. That information led to other persons of interest, one of whom identified Mr. Avitia’s involvement in the burglary. Law enforcement also confirmed that the defendant sold some of the stolen property to an area pawn shop on December 5, 2018, shortly after the burglary.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victims in this case for their assistance in the investigation and involvement in the criminal justice process. This office also acknowledges the work of the Hillsboro Police Department as well as that of Detective Sufyan Sher.

Mr. Avitia will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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Stephen Mayer
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July 14, 2021