Banks, COLUMN, Crime

Banks February 2023 Police Log

As presented by deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to the Banks city council Tuesday, March 14.

Suspicious Persons – NW Main St – An employee at Main Street Pizza called to report a suspicious male at the location after smelling an odor of burnt rubber in the bathroom after male was in it for sometime. The employee asked that the male and his female companion be trespassed from the location. Deputies later arrived on scene and contacted the couple. The couple were later trespassed from the location.

Domestic Disturbance – NW Wilkes St – Deputies were called to a report of a domestic disturbance. Dispatch advised that a male called 911 because his girlfriend was breaking things in the house. Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the couple. Deputies learned that the female suspected her boyfriend of cheating on her with a new co-worker of his. Neither party reported any physical pushing, hitting or injury from the other.

Theft – NW Sellers Rd – A victim of a theft called to report that his electric bike was stolen from the Banks Vernonia Trailhead. The victim said he stopped at the trailhead to use the restroom, leaving the bike outside. The victim said when he exited a few minutes later, his bike was gone and another, much less expensive, bike was left in its place. Deputy Pope advise the park of the theft and asked that they keep a look out for the bike. Sometime later, the park ranger of Stubb Stewart had called to report that they had seen the bike in the back of a pick up truck. Another deputy responded to the location where the ranger had spotted the bike. The deputy was able to identify the bike as being the victim’s bike. The deputy contacted the suspect for Deputy Pope. The suspect agreed to meet Deputy Pope in town with the bike. Deputy Pope cited the suspect for Theft I and was able to get the stolen bike back to the owner.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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