Crime Scene, 1932

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Archives.

Here’s a picture from the Sheriff’s Office collection showing an unidentified crime scene from 1932.


Crime Scene, 1932, Multnomah County Archives

Crime Scene, 1932, Multnomah County Archives

Access the Multnomah County Archives by clicking here.

4 thoughts on “Crime Scene, 1932

  1. Well, this is a keeper. Great pic! Was this a case of America’s “Dumbest” criminals? Or did they really have it planned. (besides getting caught) The safe does have casters. So I guess they wheeled it to the truck. The heavy-duty transmission type jack is handy, however it would only raise that Very Heavy Safe so high. Was the rest a muscle plan? And then there’s that poor old getaway truck. Would the safe fall through the bed and snap the rear end in half? Looking forward to other comments on this post. Thanks VP!

  2. Really! Great photo. Does the city archives have any more information on this??? There has to be a good storystory behind it.

  3. If the safe didn’t fall through the bed of the truck it certainly would have gone right through one of sides on the first corner they took,

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