Three Oregon City men were caught stealing street signs to send a message to a girlfriend of one of the men.
Early Saturday morning, Happy Valley Police were dispatched to a report of suspicious circumstances. The information included that the residents of a home in the 14000 block of SE Willet Drive had seen a man in their yard and that a ladder had been placed over their gate. The residents of the home also reported seeing three young men running through the neighborhood and getting into a red Jeep Cherokee that drove off.
A few minutes later, the Happy Valley Police located and stopped that car near the intersection of SE 122nd Avenue and SE Timber Valley Drive.
Approaching the car, Happy Valley Police saw a stack of street signs inside the rear cargo area of the car.
The driver and passengers in the car were identified as 18-year-old Grant Lindquist, of Oregon City; 23-year-old Justin S. Peterson, of Oregon City; and 18-year-old Tyler J. Robinson, of Oregon City.
Lindquist initially told police he was out for a jog and that his friends had come to pick him up. Subsequent conversation revealed another story.
Lindquist elaborated that he was having trouble with his girlfriend and wanted to let her know he loved her so he and his friends went around stealing street signs. He told police he and his friends picked out signs they thought she would like and also took some for them.
Happy Valley Police learned from all three involved men that they had been in several locations stealing street signs that evening. The other places they had committed thefts that evening were: S Lee Dr. in Oregon City, Love St in Wilsonville, Tennis St in Wilsonville, Courtside in Wilsonville, N Grant St in Canby, Lindquist Ct in Newberg, and Cedar St in Newberg.
All three men were taken into custody and taken to the Clackamas County Jail. They were each booked on a single charge of Theft II with the potential for further charges as the investigation continues.