Plaid Pantry Robber Sentenced

Release date: 12/09/2010
Sponsored by: District Attorney Department

TV Hwy Plaid Pantry Robber Sentenced

At 4:00 am on July 5th 2010, the Plaid Pantry store at at 5801 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy in Hillsboro was robbed. Pedro Antonio Cerda, 22, demanded money from the store clerk after placing his hand under his hooded sweatshirt to simulate having a weapon. When the register would not open, Cerda ran from the store with 10 cartons of cigarettes. Hillsboro Police lifted fingerprints from the scene.  Cerda was identified after images from store surveillance were shown in local media outlets, and he was arrested while visiting his probation officer. The fingerprints from the scene were matched to Cerda's prints on file at the Washington County Jail.

Mr. Cerda was charged with Robbery in the Second Degree. Trial began on December 7, 2010. Immediately after the victim testified, Cerda pleaded guilty to the charge. After hearing about Cerda's extensive criminal history, which includes 10 prior criminal convictions, and his gang membership, Judge Kirsten Thompson found aggravating factors to increase the Measure 11 sentence for his crime and sentenced Cerda to 82 months in prison.