Oregon City nighttime nailer nabbed, admits to 50 incidents
The 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.
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