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Police respond to second car crime wave
Two Lake Oswego teenagers arrested
On the heels of a Lake Oswego to Portland crime spree that damaged as many as 100 vehicles last week, Lake Oswego police dealt with another major case of car vandalism this week.
Late afternoon Monday, police arrested two teenagers in connection with the second wave of crime. Grant Mackintosh and Sydney Heitman-Allen, both 16 years old and from Lake Oswego, were taken to the Donald E. Long Detention Center in Portland. They will be charged with multiple felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree arson, according to police.
About 20 residents awoke Monday morning to find tires slashed and graffiti on vehicles parked outside, Lake Oswego Police Capt. Dale Jorgensen said. In addition to damaging cars, vandals spray-painted profanity on a house at Fifth Street and Cabana Lane and tagged the Forest Hills Elementary School building.
'Two cars in a driveway got their tires slashed and were painted, and a window was busted out of one car,' Jorgensen said. 'They even tried to light a car on fire.'
Police are continuing to investigate the recent vandalism case as well as last week's crime spree, which happened in a different part of the city.
Friday morning, police received dozens of calls reporting overnight car vandalism.
The windows of 47 Lake Oswego vehicles were shot out with a BB or pellet gun. Similar crimes were reported in the Mountain Park, Bryant Woods and Westlake areas, and the investigation extended to Southwest Portland.
Portland police reported 30 to 50 vehicles were hit with the same type of vandalism around Southwest Sixth Avenue and Terwilliger Boulevard and 45th Avenue and Vermont Street.
Police have had no witnesses or suspects in this earlier case.
'We break these cases typically if someone has a tip,' Jorgensen said. 'If anyone has seen anything suspicious - vehicles that don't belong in the area or people who don't belong in the area late at night - call us, and we'll be happy to come out and take a look.'
To provide information about the case, call Lake Oswego police at 503-635-0238.
In Portland, victims can file a report online at www.portlandpolice.com, or by calling the non-emergency number, 503-823-3333. Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, is asking for help in locating the person or people responsible for last week's vandalism. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony; tipsters can remain anonymous.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com; text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by a tip; or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave tip information.