'Finger gun' bandit arrested at Happy Valley dentist
A man was arrested at a Happy Valley dentist office after allegedly breaking into a nearby home, stealing items and making his getaway by making "it look like he had a gun by sticking his hand under his jacket to scare the homeowner."
Just after noon Monday, the homeowner walked into his house in the 12400 block of Southeast Verlie Street and spotted the man standing inside. The suspect then stuck his hand inside his jacket and threatened to shoot the homeowner as he made his getaway, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said in a release.
The homeowner gave a detailed description of the suspect — white man, 20s, tan-and-red baseball cap and jacket, jeans — and passersby told deputies they spotted that man running.
That man, later identified as Michael Shane Belden, was spotted a short time later around Goddard School in Happy Valley. When deputies got there, Belden walked into the lobby of a nearby dentist's office.
Deputies went inside and Belden told them he was calling a "buddy" to pick him up. But when he was asked where his phone was, Belden allegedly said, "Buddy's car."
They texted a picture of Belden and the homeowner identified him as the man who was inside his house, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said.
He was arrested, and some stolen items were found near Goddard School and returned. Officials said Belden admitted stealing the items and wanted to tell the homeowner he was sorry.
The 30-year-old faces burglary and robbery charges and is being held in the county jail on a $290,000 bail.
The investigation into the case continues. Tips can be provided to CCSO at 503-723-4949 or through web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp.