Citizen Suspicious Behavior Reports Result In Arrests

Posted Mon, 11/09/2020 - 8:12am

LAKE OSWEGO – Over the last few weeks, there have been several arrests made by Lake Oswego Police officers that were the direct result of assistance from the community. In each of the cases, a citizen saw suspicious behavior and reported it to the police.

In the first case, a citizen reported they believed several subjects were breaking into cars in downtown Lake Oswego. Officers located the vehicle they were driving, which tried to elude them. After a search with a K-9, two people were arrested for being in a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude the police, drug possession, and unlawfully entering a vehicle.

In the next case, a citizen reported a suspicious subject associated with a vehicle in the parking lot at the Tryon Creek Park Iron Mountain Trailhead on Terwilliger Boulevard. The caller thought the subject might be about to break into another vehicle in the parking lot. Officers located the subject – who initially walked away – and found him to be in possession of drugs. Another subject returned to the location, and it was determined that they had been involved in a burglary of a residence nearby and she had outstanding warrants for her arrest. Both subjects were arrested.

In the last case, a resident reported seeing a vehicle in their cul-de-sac that they did not recognize, and a subject apparently sleeping inside. Officers responded and found the vehicle to have a stolen license plate on it. They contacted the occupant and found him to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a package that had been stolen from a resident of Lake Oswego. Fortunately, we were able to return the package to the resident and the subject was arrested.

In each of these cases, a citizen saw behavior that was suspicious to them and then reported it to police right away. This allowed us to respond while the incident was still occurring, so we could apprehend the suspects. While we do our best to detect criminal behavior in our community, we also rely on our citizens to speak up if they see behavior or circumstances that don’t seem right. These recent cases are prime examples of how the partnership we have with our community helps to keep everyone safe.