3 Dressed As Ninjas Rob Jewelry Store Owner
POSTED: 6:18 am PDT March 26,2010
UPDATED: 7:07 am PDT March 26,2010
WEST LINN, Ore. -- Three people dressed as ninjas broke their way into a West Linn home Thursday and later forced a man who lives there to take them to his jewelry store, police said.
The robbers broke into the home in the 2200 block of St. Mortiz Loop, tied up a woman who lives there and then ransacked the home over the course of several hours, according to West Linn police.
When the woman's husband, Rick Rogoway, arrived at the home, the robbers forced him to accompany them to his jewelry store on 84th Avenue in Clackamas.
An unknown amount of jewelry was stolen from the LaRog Brothers store before the robbers took Rogoway back to his home and tied him up, police said. The trio then fled in Rogoway's silver 1999 BMW 320i with license plates of WRY139, officers said.
Rogoway and his wife were able to break free and call 911 from a neighbor's home at 9:34 p.m.
"This was a targeted attack on this family and business," said Sgt. Neil Hennelly, a West Linn police spokesman. "This was not random at all."
Police said they're investigating whether the robbery is linked to a similar crime from last fall in Washington County. On Nov. 4, the owner of Ari Diamonds in Beaverton returned home from work only to be forced by armed robbers to drive back to his store.
Anyone who sees the BMW is asked to call police.