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There's no call too small for the men and women of the Lake Oswego Police Department


2/16/19 4:26 p.m. A student driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake during her lesson in a Carman Drive parking lot, hitting a curb and coming to rest in some landscaping. No one was hurt, but the Acura TL did need to be towed. Estimated damage to the vehicle: about $2,500.


2/11/19 8:24 a.m. Credit cards, gift cards and other miscellaneous items were taken overnight from an unlocked Lexus on Westridge Drive.

2/11/19 1:05 p.m. An access card for a company parking garage and other items were taken overnight from an unlocked Chevy Silverado on Westridge Drive.

2/11/19 4:24 p.m. Thieves stole $20 in cash from an unlocked Subaru on Camelot Court.

2/12/19 2:57 p.m. A purse containing identification and credit cards was taken from a Ford Explorer on Tolkien Street, and the cards were reportedly used in Vancouver before they could be canceled.

2/13/19 5:02 a.m. An external battery and charging cable were taken from a rented Mazda3 on Third Street. The car had been left unlocked.

2/13/19 6:24 a.m. An intoxicated man was cited for theft and released after trying to steal a bottle of wine from the downtown Safeway store.

2/13/19 2:55 p.m. A caller told 911 dispatchers that his iPhone had been stolen; he thought he knew who took it, he said, but didn't want to say the name over the phone. Officers responded to the man's condo on Kerr Parkway, only to discover that he had actually found the phone — in his jacket pocket.

2/14/19 8:09 a.m. A PlayStation console, controller and games worth about $500 were taken from a vehicle on North Shore Road by thieves who pried open a driver's side door to gain access.

2/14/19 2:10 p.m. Two coats, a backpack containing Nike shoes and a gift card were stolen from an unlocked Toyota Highlander on Westminster Drive.

2/16/19 9:25 a.m. A tablet, a knife, tools and other items were taken overnight from an unlocked Chevy Silverado on Bangy Road.

2/16/19 11:35 a.m. Residents were advised to monitor their bank accounts after mail from various addresses was found lying on top of a community mailbox on Crest Drive.

2/16/19 2:58 p.m. A customer told restaurant employees that he had to retrieve money from his car, but he never returned to pay for his meal. Estimated loss from the dine-and-dash: $39.

2/18/19 7:47 A debit card, ID and cash were taken overnight from an unlocked Ford Fusion on Haven Street.


2/13/19 3:31 p.m. A man paid $250 for Trail Blazers tickets to a seller he met on Craigslist, but the tickets never arrived.

2/15/19 5:18 p.m. A man told police he has yet to receive payment for a watch he sold to someone in New York.

2/15/19 8:21 p.m. A woman paid $1,800 for a Louis Vuitton purse online, only to discover that it's a fake.


2/8/19 8:05 a.m. A man was warned that camping on private property is illegal after a passerby spotted him sleeping in his yellow Dodge Charger in a parking lot on Lakeview Boulevard.

2/8/19 8:27 p.m. An anonymous tipster told police in an email that two teens have been driving to Washington to buy Juuls and pods that they then sell to underage kids in Lake Oswego. The suspects advertise and solicit orders, the tipster said, and keep everything in their cars and rooms in case their bags are searched. The information was forwarded to the LOPD's school resource officer for investigation. (What are Juuls, you ask? Check out Pacer Notes columnist Sara Shallenberger's story online at

2/9/19 12:34 p.m. A man who claimed to be Jesus told police that he communicates with witches every day and that the witches had told him that while he was in the hospital, his brother had sexual relations with multiple fifth-graders. He just wanted to know if that was true, he told officers.

2/9/19 4:12 p.m. A commuter found a backpack on a TriMet bus and was unable to find its owner, so he brought the bag to the police. Officers were able to reunite the owner with her property.

2/10/19 10:58 a.m. Vandals broke a Sunday School window at the First Church of Christ Scientist on Country Club Road, causing about $100 in damage. It did not appear that anyone had entered the facility or that anything was taken.

2/10/19 1:29 p.m. A woman told police she received a birthday card containing a $100 gift card from someone she hasn't seen since 1956. She returned the gift, she said, only to have flowers delivered unexpectedly while she was out of town. A note attached to the flowers expressed the sender's dismay over being rejected, prompting the woman to consider seeking a restraining order.

2/11/19 11:14 a.m. Is there a city ordinance against keeping your trash cans on a public sidewalk? Yes there is, police told a perturbed resident on Hofer Court who complained about her next-door neighbor's behavior. Officers said they'd follow up with the scofflaw immediately.

2/11/19 12:42 p.m. A man told police that he was in possession of a vehicle that does not belong to him, and that the registered owner was going to report it stolen. But it's actually just a civil dispute, he said, and he wanted to talk to an officer about his options.

2/11/19 3:02 p.m. After a Good Samaritan used a chainsaw to cut up a large tree that had fallen across Royce Way, big chunks of the trunk remained on the sidewalk and in the right-of-way. Police asked Public Works to send someone to clean up the detritus.

2/11/19 9:03 p.m. When a concerned resident of Parker Road spotted a man in an orange jacket shining a flashlight into cars, he confronted him. The stranger said he was looking for his dog, and indeed the pooch was quickly located. But even as he walked away, the neighbor said, the man continued to shine his flashlight into cars — and that prompted a call to police.

2/11/19 9:09 p.m. A resident of the Robinswood group home on Christie Drive told 911 dispatchers that he was being harassed by staff members who made fun of him because "you're 20 years old and you're still in this program." Would he face criminal charges if he poured water on them, he asked? Responding officers discouraged him from doing so; instead, they chatted with the program's director, who said he would talk to his employees about the words they were using.

2/12/19 8:24 p.m. A woman told police that someone comes to her house every morning and knocks on her door. A few days ago, she said, the mysterious stranger put a large X on her door, and she has no idea why this is happening.

2/13/19 9:33 a.m. As a man got his hair cut at a shop on Monroe Parkway, he told the stylist that he lived on a spaceship and that he was fighting Nazis and keeping America safe. Because of that, he said, he should get all of his haircuts for free from now on. He wouldn't come back and hurt the stylist if that didn't happen, he said, but he "could do things." Needless to say, the stylist didn't charge for her work — but she did call police to report the odd behavior.

2/13/19 4:48 p.m. Three teen skateboarders got belligerent when they were asked to leave a parking lot on Meadows Road. They took off when they spotted responding officers, though.

2/14/19 2:23 p.m. A man called police to report that his cat had bitten him.

2/16/19 2:25 a.m. A Toyota owner had to disconnect the battery to make his car alarm stop blaring. There was no sign of anyone trying to get into the vehicle, but neighbors said the alarm had been going off for at least 20 minutes.

2/18/19 8:09 a.m. A caller told police he heard what sounded like a coyote attacking another animal overnight on a trail behind his house on Pimlico Terrace and then spotted the critter during a morning walk.

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