Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit: Helping Businesses Fight Crime Since 2008
Posted: February 27, 2013
The Tigard Police Departmentís Commercial Crimes Unit (CCU) is
unlike any other crime fighting unit in the nation. Uniquely
funded through the cityís business licensing fees, three
full-time police officers (two investigators and a supervisor)
provide dedicated service to local merchants and area
businesses to investigate and address the types of crime that impact their bottom
From the beginning, CCUís focus has been on building relationships with
businesses to combat crime and its negative impact on Tigard commerce. Over the
last year, investigations concluded with more than 80 arrests for embezzlement,
fraud/ID theft, narcotics offenses, organized retail theft and
The team of officers in the CCU report that the best part of this work has been the people
they assist. Businesses now have a personal connection to an officer and a voice when they need the
services of the Tigard Police Department.
Is Your Business Connected?
Contact Sgt. Jamey McDonald at 503-718-2761 to learn
more about the Commercial Crimes Unit.
Commercial Crimes Unit Puts the Brakes on Local Chop Shop
Posted: January 22, 2013
After a week-long investigation, members of the Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit closed down an active vehicle "chop shop" operating in Tigard. After a tip which led investigators to the Affordable Automotive business located 13080 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, six vehicles reported stolen have been recovered.
The investigation culminated with a search warrant at the business on January 10th. During the course of the search, four stolen vehicles were located. A special agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) assisted Tigard Police with the search effort. Criminals typically attempt to disguise stolen vehicles by altering and switching the (VIN) vehicle identification numbers. NICB experts can ultimately reveal the vehicles true identity using their proprietary skills and expertise. Aside from the four stolen vehicles discovered during the search, Tigard Police were led to a location in Sherwood whereby two additional vehicles were recovered.
Today, Christopher Ford Ankeny, 46, was taken into custody by Tigard Police investigators. Also allegedly involved and charged is 66 year-old William David Plantz, previously in custody. Both men are charged with the Trafficking in stolen vehicles, Possession of stolen vehicles and Unauthorized use of a stolen vehicle. The pair resided in Tigard.