Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Bret Michael Wilson, 56, says he tossed roofing nails on to city streets across the Portland metro area.

VIA KOIN 6 NEWS - Bret WilsonThe hammer of justice is swinging — and the target is a man alleged to have scattered roofing nails on city streets more than 50 times.

Authorities arrested Bret Michael Wilson, 56, of Oregon City, around 5:37 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, according to a news release, after they spied him "intentionally" throwing nails from his vehicle on South Center Street.

Police believe that Wilson has been throwing nails from his car in the early morning hours for more than two years.

"Some of the thrown nails did cause damage to motorists' tires," police said, but "luckily no one was injured."

Police say that in the past week Wilson has thrown nails on Center Street between Telford Road and South 2nd Street and on Center between Barker Avenue and 2nd Street, usually between 5:40 and 5:50 a.m.

Police claim Wilson admitted to littering nails across the metro area. "By Mr. Wilson's recollection, he has thrown nails over 50 times onto our busy streets over the last couple years," authorities report.

A local bike blogger, Jonathan Maus, wonders if Wilson is responsible for the nails that have been scattered on Interstate Avenue in Portland near the Moda Center.

"Portland has had its own mysterious nails-in-the-street problem for many years," Maus wrote.

Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay first announced the news of the arrest shortly after 6 a.m. on Oct. 1, saying that undercover vehicles had been used in a stakeout.

"I am happy to announce that the Nail Bandit has been caught," Holladay said.

Police say Wilson will face four counts of second-degree disorderly conduct.

Wilson has not run afoul of the law in recent years, according to court records, except for traffic citations. In 1999, he was charged with first-degree burglary in Lincoln County, court files report. OREGON CITY PD - Bret Wilson's car and a box of nails that was found in it are shown here.

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.


- City Council works to determine best police practices

- Portland police tactics during climate strike under fire

- Police: Happy Valley woman sold shark fins in Portland

- Police arrest man for firing gun in Montavilla neighborhood

- Man with gun arrested in Rose City Park during foot patrol

Go to top
JSN Time 2 is designed by | powered by JSN Sun Framework