People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.
Sugar in the tank — Police arrested two young women after receiving a report of vandalism to a vehicle in the 3200 block of Lyon Street S.E.
About 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, a caller described how someone had rubbed food on the outside and inside of the car, damaging the upholstery. There was also sugar in the gas tank.
Police arrested Alexus Marie Robertson, 18, and Tamara Dawn Jakeman, 22, both of Albany about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 3800 block of Geary Street S.E.
Robertson faces a charge of conspiracy while Jakeman was charged with first-degree criminal mischief.
Daylight burglary — A resident of the 3200 block of Geary Street S.E. came home about 7 Monday night to find the house had been burgled. A back window was broken out, jewelry was missing and items had been rummaged through. Police had no suspects or witnesses and didn’t yet have a value for the jewelry. The burglary happened sometime between noon and 7 p.m. Monday.
Burglary at Calapooia — An administrator called police about 6:35 p.m. Monday after noticing a broken window at Calapooia Middle School, 830 24th Ave. S.E. A jar of change and a fake, decorative Samurai sword were missing. The sword was recovered nearby. An officer estimated it will cost about $100 to fix the window. Police suspect older students.
Blazer hits pole — Just after 9 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a vehicle crash in the 800 block of Creekside Drive N.E. According to an officer, Calvin Chaston Smith, 18, of Albany, was driving a black 1996 Chevrolet Blazer when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a power pole. No one was hurt. The full report was not yet in but the initial report did not list any citations.
Theft alleged — A man was arrested Monday afternoon following an incident at Heritage Mall. About 11:20 a.m., a woman flagged down security guards there after confronting a man who she believed lifted her wallet from her purse. The man had been seated near her and the purse. He denied taking the wallet.
The guards called police, and officers caught up with the man at about 11:45 a.m. as he was leaving the Old Navy store. Around that time, the woman’s wallet was found inside one of the dressing rooms there.
Police arrested Richard E. Pepperling, 48, of Albany on a charge of third-degree theft and found he had user amounts of heroin and marijuana on his person. A charge of unlawful heroin possession was added.
He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.
Not supposed to be driving — Just before 10 a.m. Monday, during a traffic stop in the 900 block of 34th Avenue S.E., police discovered Theodore Franklin Jokinen, 61, of Albany was driving while criminally suspended, a felony. He was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail.
LINN COUNTY SHERIFF
Failed elude leads to stolen car recovery, arrest — Deputy George Sutton was on patrol about 4:55 p.m. Monday on Highway 228 in Brownsville when he noticed a maroon 1993 Honda Accord that was listed as stolen.
He began following the car but the driver sped up, making three turns and traveling a mile before ditching the car at East Blakely Avenue and French Street and running. The deputy quickly caught up with the man and arrested him without incident.
Randolph Del Calhoun Nelson, 57, of Brownsville, faces charges of attempt to elude in a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempt to elude on foot and reckless driving. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.
Man identified — The body of the man recovered Monday morning by Jefferson rescuers in the North Santiam River in Stayton has been identified as Jason Bodda, 29, of Stayton. Police in Stayton believe Bodda drowned, and foul play is not suspected.