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13-Year Old In Custody Related to Series of Crimes in Cherryville Area east of Sandy
04/28/2010
The following is a news release from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office:
 
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigators breathe a great sigh of relief as they announce the custody of a male juvenile believed responsible for a series of crimes that have been occurring in a community just east of Sandy.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Investigators and Oregon State Police Troopers uniformly intensified their investigative efforts to locate this suspect believed to be linked to a series of tree-cutting incidents, downed power poles, burglaries and arson events occurring just east of the City of Sandy, since at least last December 2009.

This suspect had residents in the area of SE Cherryville Drive, in Sandy, seriously alarmed. In response, Neighborhood Watch groups were formed and actively engaged while patrolling their community late at night in an effort to foil this chainsaw wielding vandal and to protect the lives of local residents.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigators and Oregon State Police troopers pursued all available investigative leads provided by the general public; however, it appears one of the key investigate breaks in this case occurred during the collection of evidence gleaned from an arson investigation that was ongoing in the same area as the chain saw incidents.

Investigators utilized this prime piece of crime-solving evidence that lead them to the male juvenile subject taken into custody earlier today by investigators -- and believed directly responsible for several of these major crimes that have previously occurred in the area. This apprehended juvenile is reported as 13-years-old, and is known to reside with family in the Sandy area.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigators have taken this 13-year-old in custody directly to the Donald E. Long Detention Center, in Portland. He is presently being held on the following charges identified as:

• Arson in the first-degree
• Arson in the second-degree
• Reckless burning
• Criminal mischief in the first-degree (multiple counts)
• Criminal mischief in the second-degree (multiple counts)

It is anticipated this juvenile will appear in Clackamas County Juvenile Court, on South Kaen Road, in Oregon City to address these matters on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

One of the lead Sheriff's Office investigators states," As a result of this investigative effort and custody -- this provides all the investigators involved with a great sense of pride and relief; however, Detectives are most gratified knowing the residents of this community can once again feel safe and secure at night." 

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office supervisor emphasizes the necessity for the involved investigators to vigorously continue with this ongoing investigative effort. These Detectives are expected to actively pursue, cultivate and identify additional evidence that is potentially available related to these previously reported and identified criminal acts. Although investigators have secured custody today -- this remains an active ongoing criminal investigation.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police continue to urge anyone with information concerning this series of crimes to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the on line e-mail form.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body. Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office extends a great deal of thanks and appreciation to the community for their active support and participation during the course of this investigative effort.

Lead investigators are especially grateful for the investigative support extended by: the Oregon State Police; the Oregon State Fire Marshall; the Sandy Fire Department; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Portland General Electric Company and Clackamas County Juvenile Department authorities.