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Stolen trading cards found | JAM’N 107.5

On Sunday afternoon, a man traveling on a MAX train from Portland International Airport to Hillsboro accidentally dropped his backpack as he exited the train at the Beaverton Transit Center. Surveillance video later showed a woman, identified as 34-year-old Dawn Castro of Beaverton, picking up the backpack within seconds of it being dropped. Rather than attempting to locate the backpack’s owner or turn it over to authorities, Castro kept the backpack and its contents.

Inside the backpack were rare sports trading cards, including those of Mickey Mantle, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, as well as valuable jewelry. Dawn Castro pawned some of the jewelry at a local pawn shop, but kept the more valuable items, including the Mickey Mantle card, which was estimated to be worth nearly $5,000.00.

The victim reported the theft to the Beaverton Police Department, and investigators immediately took over the case. After the victim found the stolen memorabilia on Facebook Marketplace, the victim and Beaverton Police Department investigators arranged to meet with Dawn Castro to purchase the stolen trading cards.

Today, July 8, 2024, at approximately 12:08 p.m., Beaverton Police Detectives successfully encountered and arrested Castro at the Beaverton Transit Center, the location of the original theft. In Castro’s possession were all of the stolen trading cards that the victim had lost the day before. Detectives were also able to locate the stolen jewelry at the local pawn shop and have arranged for it to be returned to the victim.

Given the significant value of the stolen property, Castro is charged with first-degree grand larceny in this case.

Source: Beaverton Police