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Spike heisted spiked

Lake Oswego police nabbed three Lake Oswego residents conducting a railroad spike heist last Friday.

Around 7 p.m., two men and one juvenile were arrested in Lake Oswego after they were caught removing rail spikes from the Portland Western Railroad tracks near Boones Ferry Road and Jean Way in Lake Oswego.

Officer Matt Gill of the Lake Oswego Police Department saw the men on the tracks and stopped to see what they were doing. One carried a long pry bar and another had pockets bulging with rail spikes.

Gill discovered they had removed more than 100 spikes from the ties, as well other metal. Officer Gill said the three most likely intended to sell the spikes as scrap metal.

Mark Mercer, 21, Russel McMurray, 20, and a juvenile were arrested. All three were charged with first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass.

Mercer and McMurry were lodged in Clackamas County Jail, and the juvenile was lodged at the Clackamas County Juvenile Reception and Assessment Center.

A railroad spokesman told police it will cost about $1,500 to repair the damage to the line.