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Juvenile driver charged for social media-spurred theft; Suspect ditches handgun in random East County pickup

Here are some of the incidents reported by the Gresham Police Officers' Association that occurred the week of Monday, Sept. 19:

COURTESY LOGO: TIKTOK - TikTok• Three Gresham youths took a viral internet challenge too far. Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, Gresham Police officers stopped a vehicle being driven by three juveniles. During the investigation, they learned it had been stolen in a manner popularized on TikTok, a social media shortform video hosting site, which challenges participants to steal Kias in a specific manner. The driver was charged and released to their parents.

• Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, an intoxicated driver allegedly took out two transformers in the area of Southeast Powell Boulevard and Rene Avenue in Gresham. The crash took out power in Southeast Gresham for several hours while the dangerous driver was taken into custody.

• A couple moving to Gresham from California had more than $10,000 of furniture, personal effects, electronics and important documents after a U-Haul truck was stolen in the early morning hours Monday, Sept. 19, while parked at the Days Inn on Southeast 242nd Avenue and Stark Street. The license plate of the stolen U-Haul is AH49861.

• East Multnomah County pickup truck drivers should keep an eye out for a handgun that may have been tossed into the bed after an altercation Wednesday, Sept. 21. Multiple 911 callers reported a woman exiting a vehicle near the intersection of Northeast 181st Avenue and Halsey Street pointing a firearm at the other occupants. According to police, the woman with a gun was in possession of a large sum of money that had been awarded to the other person's uncle, leading to the dispute. Surveillance footage shows the woman dropping the gun into a passing pickup truck following the fight.

• Two juveniles wearing dark clothes robbed a victim just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, near the corner of Southeast 185th Avenue and Yamhill Street. The suspects flashed a handgun and stole the victim's Air Jordan shoes, iPhone and Airpods. The victim was shaken up but uninjured during the robbery.

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