Information for the public safety column comes from public records of the Sandy Police Department. Police recently filed reports on the following incidents:


10:12 p.m. Sept. 5; Steven J. Nelson, 45, Las Vegas, was arrested in the 37400 block of Highway 26 under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He refused the breath test.

He was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was booked and held on $7,500 bail.

Midnight Sept. 10; Steven J. Nelson, 45, Las Vegas (same person as in above incident), was arrested on Highway 26 near Vista Loop Drive under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He again refused the breath test. The officer obtained a warrant to force Nelson to give blood for testing by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

He was first transported to a hospital, where blood was drawn, and then to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was booked for felony driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. He also was cited into Sandy Municipal Court for refusing the breath test, having an open container of alcohol and failing to drive within one lane of traffic. His combined bail this time was $15,000.


6:20 a.m. Sept. 6; the owner of a business in the 38000 block of Highway 26 reported that overnight someone broke in and tried to take a TV and break into a safe. Evidence was collected and sent to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab. No suspects were initially identified, but the investigation continues.

4:11 p.m. Sept. 7; a woman living in the 17500 block of Bluff Road reported that between Aug. 28 and 31 someone broke in and took about $1,000 in cash as well as $800 in rare coins. About $200 in damage was done to the home. The investigation continues.

8:38 p.m. Sept. 9; a resident of the 18200 block of Dahlager Street reported that someone tried to enter their residence. Several screens were removed and damaged. No suspects were identified.

3:15 p.m. Sept. 10; a resident of the 37700 block of Nettie Connett Drive reported that someone gained entry to their residence. No suspects were identified.


2:12 p.m. Sept. 13; Tracey G. Gray, 32, Sandy, was identified through surveillance video because the officer said he has had many contacts with Gray in the past. He was then cited and released for theft after being observed not paying for merchandise from a business in the 37600 block of Highway 26.


3:37 p.m. Sept. 2; a woman living in the 17000 block of University Avenue reported that someone took a bicycle from her front yard. The theft was recorded on surveillance video, showing a boy wearing a camouflage hat and backpack. The investigation continues.

6:42 p.m. Sept. 2; a manager of a business in the 37600 block of Highway 26 reported that someone took merchandise worth about $200 and left. Witnesses gave police a description of the getaway vehicle. Police are investigating.

Sept. 3-5; during these three days, 10 residents reported that someone had used their debit/credit cards in other states and other countries to make multiple purchases and/or take cash advances. The loss for several of the victims was about $1,000 each. No suspects have been located yet. The U.S. Secret Service is assisting in the investigation.

2:06 p.m. Sept. 8; an employee of a business in the 39500 block of Pioneer Boulevard reported that someone left the business with about $35 worth of unpaid merchandise. A description was given to a detective to aid in the investigation.

6:13 p.m. Sept. 8; a woman living in the 37600 block of Sandy Heights Street reported that someone took both license plates from her vehicle that had been parked overnight in her driveway.

11:20 a.m. Sept. 9; a man living in the 20200 block of Ridgecrest Drive reported that her credit card had been used out of Oregon, but the circumstances were different from the other recent credit card fraud cases in Sandy.


9:11 p.m. Aug. 29; a 17-year-old boy was located at Meinig Park with two other juveniles after park hours. They were all excluded from all city parks for 30 days, and the 17-year-old was taken to a county juvenile department holding cell because he was identified as a runaway.

8:35 a.m. Sept. 4; an officer saw a 16-year-old boy smoking on high school property. His tobacco was seized for destruction, and he received a citation for minor in possession of tobacco.

5:49 p.m. Sept. 6; the parents of a 17-year-old girl reported to police that their daughter had been sleeping with a 27-year-old man throughout the summer.

3:42 p.m. Sept. 12; a 15-year-old boy was caught with marijuana at Sandy High School. He was referred to the county juvenile department for corrective action.

2:31 p.m. Sept. 14; a juvenile was reported missing from the family home in the 38400 block of Park Street. The juvenile’s father gave an officer enough information so he could identify the youth on a national database of missing persons.


12:53 p.m. Sept. 2; the previous night someone vandalized a woman’s vehicle while it was parked in the 38500 block of Pleasant Street. The woman identified a person of interest and showed the officer hand prints on her vehicle. The officer took the prints and the suspect’s name to continue the investigation.

5:58 p.m. Sept. 2; an unknown suspect threw a rock through the window of an apartment in the 39600 block of Evans Street, causing $200 in damage. No suspects were seen or heard.

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