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OSP Arrests Portland Man - Twice - During Investigation Into Illegal Odometer Tampering
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a northeast Portland man - twice - last week related to an ongoing investigation into the selling of an automobile with a rolled back odometer purchased by a victim from a "Craigslist" advertisement. After his first arrest under a fake name for which he was wanted on an 8-year old felony warrant, the suspect was arrested a second time under his real name as he was bailing out from the first jail he was lodged in.
On October 21, 2011, OSP Trooper Tracy Clark arrested TOM LEE MEDLOW, age 34, from northeast Portland, for the second time in two days and lodged him in the Multnomah County Correctional Facility. The second arrest came as MEDLOW bailed out of Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged under an alias name (aka: DAN RISTICK) related to a 2003 felony warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Identity Theft. MEDLOW subsequently posted bail from the Multnomah County Jail on the following charges:
  • Theft in the First Degree
  • Forgery in the First Degree
  • Illegal Odometer Tampering
  • Identity Theft
  • False Swearing
  • Furnishing False Information to Police
The investigation that led to MEDLOW's arrests began October 20, 2011 when OSP was contacted by a 50-year old Battleground, Washington man reporting a 1999 Subaru Legacy station wagon he purchased in Oregon from "Craigslist" six days earlier had a rolled back odometer. When purchased from the suspect for $5900 at a southeast Portland area parking lot, the Subaru's odometer displayed less than 85,000 miles. Within a couple days, the vehicle had transmission problems. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the man from whom he purchased the Subaru, the victim began investigating and learned the vehicle actually had approximately 194,000 miles.
After contacting OSP, the victim later saw the suspect had another vehicle for sale on "Craigslist" and worked in cooperation with OSP to meet the suspect at another southeast Portland parking lot.
At approximately 6:50 p.m., Trooper Clark went to the meeting location and contacted the suspect who was seated inside a green 2001 Honda Civic, the vehicle currently listed for sale on "Craigslist". While Trooper Clark was in contact with the suspect, the victim came to the scene and positively identified him as the seller involved in the purchase of the Subaru.
The suspect promptly claimed he was having a heart attack. OSP requested an ambulance respond to the scene and the suspect was transported to Portland Adventist Hospital. The suspect was examined by doctors and cleared for release as Trooper Clark and an OSP detective waited.
The suspect admitted to Trooper Clark that he provided a false name and said his true name was "DAN RISTICK". Trooper Clark had brought an OSP mobile data computer into the hospital and queried checks in Oregon DMV to determine if this was a true name. A DMV record was found for the name provided and a photograph was brought up on the computer screen matching the suspect she was in contact with at the hospital. Trooper Clark also found a valid 2003 felony warrant out of Clackamas County existed for his arrest under that name and provided date of birth.
Trooper Clark arrested the suspect on the outstanding felony warrant and lodged him in the Clackamas County Jail that evening.
While doing background work and continuing the investigation Friday, October 21st, Trooper Clark determined the suspect's real name was TOM LEE MEDLOW. Trooper Clark also learned the suspect has two different Oregon ID cards issued under the last names of "RISTICK" and "MEDLOW".
After learning the suspect was going to bail out of the Clackamas County Jail Friday evening, Trooper Clark went to the jail and took him into custody as he was being released.
MEDLOW (aka RISTICK) was transported to the Multnomah County Correctional Facility and lodged on the charges listed above. As previously mentioned, he posted bail.
The investigation is continuing.
Illegal odometer tampering is a Class C felony in Oregon. The Federal Truth in Mileage Act requires sellers to provide actual, truthful odometer readings and to disclose any known accuracies.
An overview of Oregon's odometer disclosure information is available on this link to the Oregon DMV website:
Information and tips for uncovering odometer fraud is available on this link to the CARFAX Used Car Buying Guide: