Portland man accused of home invasion and snatching safe with medical marijuana

January 31st, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

A 31-year-old Portland man this week pleaded not guilty to multiple first-degree robbery and burglary charges in connection with a Jan. 10 home invasion.

Steven Curtis Leech is accused of knocking on the door of a home in the 3600 block of North Lombard Street about 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 10.

leechsteven.jpgView full sizeSteven C. LeechHe asked for one of the tenants, was allowed in and then announced, “This is a robbery!” holding a knife while an alleged accomplice pointed a gun at another tenant, according to a probable cause affidavit.

They stole a small safe containing a medical marijuana supply, cash and a cell phone, the affidavit said.

One of the victims recognized Leech nine days later in downtown Portland and alerted police. He was arrested Jan. 19.

On Monday, Leech pleaded not guilty to a multi-count indictment charging him with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and first-degree burglary charges.

A trial date has been set for March 13. He’s being held on a total $3,050,000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center, jail records show. He faces 12 Measure 11 charges, which each bring a $250,000 bail.

Prosecutors said Leech has a criminal record, including convictions for burglary, five counts of distribution of controlled substance or marijuana, fourth-degree assault, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

–Maxine Bernstein


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