|39-year-old Efren Escarsega, Jr|
Escarsega’s arrest came “after a complicated and lengthy investigation into reports of forged passes in the past several months,” said TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt. “Officers used security cameras and footage, and conducted plainclothes and undercover missions to track down the suspected source of the fraudulent tickets.”
The Transit Response Team, formed in spring 2013 to conduct more in-depth missions with officers in both uniform and plainclothes, made the arrest.
Police served a search warrant on a unit at the Central City Concern’s Estate Motel, 225 N.W. Couch Street in downtown Portland. Investigators recovered a stack of stolen TriMet ticket stock and a monthly pass that they believe was used to make the fraudulent fares.
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