HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- Clackamas County sheriff's deputies responding Wednesday to a report of a suspicious man possibly stealing a bicycle at the Clackamas Town Center found the man on a light rail platform.
Photos: Suspect slowed by coins
Detective Jim Strovink says the man jumped off the platform as deputies approached and ran down the tracks -- quite slowly.
Deputies soon determined why he wasn't able to move very fast. He was wearing a bolt cutter under his coat, secured with a rope and sock sling, and had an assortment of tools stashed in various pockets. Perhaps most surprising, the man was packing $61 worth of quarters.
While processing the man's arrest at the sheriff's office north station, Strovink says officers learned he had just dropped by to register as a sex offender.
Strovink says the man left the police station, then broke the lock on a nearby newspaper box and took the quarters. The 48-year-old Portland man was cited for criminal mischief, third-degree theft and possession of burglary tools, then released.