Boys arrested, one with pistol
Gresham police arrested two boys for breaking into a car and discovered that one of them was armed with a handgun.
It began at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, when two joggers at Gresham High School heard glass breaking and saw that their car was being broken into, said Sgt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police spokesman.
They also saw two people running north toward Northwest Burnside Road and called 9-1-1.
An officer happened to be nearby and contacted the victims, a 27-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, both from Gresham, who reported a turquoise wallet and an iPod stolen from the vehicle. They also provided descriptions of the suspects.
Police surrounded the area and arrested the suspects a 15-year-old Portland boy and a 14-year-old Gresham boy on Burnside between North Main and Northeast Kelly avenues.
Officers also recovered the stolen wallet and iPod, which had been ditched near where the boys were arrested.
Even though the suspects were in custody, a K-9 officer went ahead and searched the area and found a backpack that the 14-year-old boy said was his. It contained a revolver.
When asked where he got the gun, the boy reportedly told police he found it.
It was really good police work, Grandjean said of the arrests. We recovered the stolen items and got a gun off the streets.
The boys were lodged at the Donald E. Long Center on allegations of unlawfully entering a motor vehicle, second-degree theft and criminal mischief. The 14-year-old also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.