Portland, Oregon had an arrest take place on March 7th, 2019 of an off duty Salem Police Officer. He was charged with theft and possession of methamphetamines. He was said to be selling property that was stolen.
There have been a lot of stories lately about cops going rogue or dirty, which shouldn’t be surprising. When it comes to drugs, the lure can get to anyone it seems. 31-year-old Seth Thayres was clearly no exception.
Thayres was on leave from his job due to waiting for results of an evaluation on his fitness. He apparently thought that time would be well spent with breaking the law, the opposite of his sworn duty.
More than $30,000 was taken combined in two separate burglaries. Portland police were following up on a lead that led them to Thayres. Stolen electronics were found listed for sale online, and it was easy for police to follow up from there and discover who might have stolen it.
Not the brightest of cops, Thayres obviously wasn’t focused on keeping out of the limelight.
Police obviously went and arranged a meeting with the seller and discovered Seth Thayres and his brother were the perpetrators. Thayres ended up being charged with first-degree theft and possession of methamphetamines.
His brother, James Cardenas, was charged with first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree aggravated theft, four counts of second-degree burglary, and possession of methamphetamine.
Cardenas apparently had a rap sheet that already included methamphetamines, burglary, and was listed as homeless. Thayres apparently had post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.
In 2014 Thayres was originally hired by the department as a patrol officer. He had worked as an officer at two other stations since 2003. Nothing in his history showed that he would be capable of being a criminal. Nothing except his brother’s history, of course. But that shouldn’t deter people from hiring an officer as people can’t control what their relatives do.
They can only control their own actions, and Thayres chose not to.
Thayres had also had a job as an adviser at the Gulfport Police Department Explorers in the past. That meant he mentored young children who might have potentially been interested in joining law enforcement someday. He did that because he had gone through the program as well when he was younger.
He had always wanted to be a police officer and worked as a crossing guard before that job.