Deputies arrest suspect in Grannys burglary

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - RALEIGH REYNOLDSRaleigh Reynolds has been linked to at least one in the string of recent burglaries that have been reported in downtown Estacada.

Reynolds, who lives in Estacada, made headlines over the weekend when he used his 7-month-old son as a body shield when confronted by deputies of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release issued by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies had attempted to arrest Reynolds near the 400 block of Clackamas Way on Saturday, April 20. They saw Reynolds leap a fence and enter a neighboring house.

Reynolds barricaded himself in the house and Reynolds’ sister came out to speak to deputies.

Reynolds repeatedly attempted to exit the house, but upon discovering that he was surrounded, he came out holding his child as a shield between himself and the deputies.

The deputies eventually persuaded Reynolds to release the baby. The child was uninjured and released to the Reynolds family.

Reynolds was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on burglary, obstructing governmental administration, endangering the welfare of a minor and resisting arrest charges.

Reynolds had been arrested earlier this year on felony accusation after allegedly — and accidentally — dialing the police during a drug deal.

Reynolds declined to comment on his arrest.

Deputies said evidence recovered from the April 17 burglary and vandalism of Granny’s Drive-Thru implicates Reynolds as the responsible party.

Granny’s owner, Steven Locke, said in an April 18 interview that Granny’s had been vandalized and he had not yet determined what had been taken.

About a month ago, $1,850 dollars had been stolen in a previous burglary. Money is no longer left in Granny’s when it’s closed.

The party or parties responsible for this burglary are still under investigation.

Several other Estacada businesses have recently fallen victim to burglary and vandalism.

Taco Time was hit on April 10. Taco Time management could not be reached for comment.

Shear Beauty was burglarized on April 13. The burglar or burglars broke in through a window and stole several items, including 100 bottles of nail polish, hair products, clippers, combs, brushes, a nail art kit, coffee creamer, hot chocolate, hand soap, garbage bags, a roll of toilet paper, money, and sunglasses.

They also damaged an antique desk and stylist chair and kicked through a door.

“It could have been a lot worse than it was. But it’s just annoying. And a violation of my space,” said Leeha Martin, owner of Shear Beauty.

Hair of the Dog also was hit on April 13. An employee said a window had been broken and $30 in cash and about $120 in flea medication products had been taken.

Lookin’ Good Salon was broken into on April 14. The cash register was broken into and change was taken. They stole shampoo, conditioner and a bag of candy. As cleaners were present until 10:30 p.m., the crime must have occurred after 10:30 p.m. and before 8 the next morning when people showed up to work.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office also reports the Estacada Web Academy was struck on April 14. Operators of the academy could not be reached for comment.

When Sandy Walker came to do inventory at Harmony Bakery on the morning of Monday, April 15, she discovered a broken window and emptied tip jars. She estimates about $1,000 in damage.

Walker called the police, but was told it would be a while as several places had been broken into.

Get & Go was burglarized April 21.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Helmer said the connection between the burglaries is under investigation.

Reynolds is the suspect in the most recent Granny’s burglary.

Helmer said another burglar remains at large.

A person wearing camouflage gear was caught by surveillance cameras at Taco Time and Get & Go. Helmer said Reynolds was not the person in the videos.

Helmer offered some suggestions on prevention of similar burglaries.

“First and foremost, if they see something out of place, something suspicious, they don’t need to get involved but they should call that in. There have been a lot of crimes that have been solved because a concerned citizen called in something suspicious.”

Helmer explained that it is helpful for people to call in these “field interview reports” as they provide law enforcement with a record. Having a record of suspicious activity around the time and place a crime has occurred helps with the process of investigations.

A town hall meeting to discuss the rash of downtown burglaries was held Tuesday, April 23, at the Estacada Community Center.

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