Suspect has a history of trespassing, stealing beer, popcorn

When the suspicious-person call came to the Sandy officer in mid-August, he didn’t know what to expect when he arrived in the darkened space behind the Safeway store on Highway 26.

A man was discovered there — a man who identified himself as Greg Lambert. But police officers usually know when someone is telling the truth, and they didn’t believe him.

A second officer arrived and said the man looked familiar to him.

They asked him where he got the beer that was tucked inside his shirt and pants. He told the officers he got it at Rite Aid, but the officers didn’t believe that either, since the beer was still cold and the nearest Rite Aid was many miles away.

The name the man had provided was given to a police dispatcher, and the officers were told the man might be the person who had previously used the alias of Greg Lambert. If the description matches, they were told, his real name is Mitchell R. Jordan, 55, a transient who frequents Sandy.

The second officer finally recognized him as Jordan because he remembered the last contact, when Jordan was excluded from that same business for stealing beer.

In video surveillance of the store that officers viewed, Jordan was seen stealing beer and popcorn.

Jordan, however, still told the officers he had done nothing wrong. He was handcuffed and placed inside the patrol car.

Jordan also made that same statement to a third officer, who had arrived to stay with Jordan while the other two watched the video inside the store.

A check of police records showed there were three warrants for Jordan from Multnomah County for two charges of trespassing and one for theft.

Since Jordan previously had been excluded from the Sandy store for the earlier thefts, he was arrested for trespassing and obstructing justice along with giving false information to police.

He was transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was booked on the six charges and lodged on $8,234 bail.

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