Rebecca Calkins, 22, was apprehended Monday night, October 30, after a series of events that involved vehicle theft, property damage, and collisions in Gresham and Portland. The spree of incidents began with an early morning theft of a dump truck in Southwest Portland, according to court records.
Portland Police, responding to a call at 3:17 a.m. at Southwest Naito Parkway and Morrison Street, discovered that five parked cars had been struck by a stolen dump truck. Sgt. Kevin Allen, a spokesperson for the police, relayed that a witness identified Calkins heading towards Waterfront Park. Further investigation revealed Calkins might have also set a small fire. She was located, arrested, and booked into Multnomah County jail, only to be released on pretrial terms by the Department of Community Justice, as per Chris Liedle, a spokesperson for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Later that day, Calkins was implicated in an attempted burglary and subsequent vehicular havoc in Gresham. Reports came in at 11 p.m. about an attempted break-in on Northeast 8th Street. Upon police arrival, Calkins fled in her vehicle, hitting parked cars, a fence, and an unoccupied police vehicle repeatedly. She also collided with a carport.
A subsequent chase ensued when Calkins ignored a patrol car’s attempt to stop her and continued to drive recklessly until she hit a median on Kane Drive and collided with a car carrying three people, leading to minor injuries for two occupants.
Calkins received medical attention and was cited with multiple allegations, including first-degree criminal mischief and vehicular assault. Gresham police are urging witnesses or those with video evidence to contact the tip line at 503-618-2719.
Further disturbance involving Calkins was reported on Tuesday in Northwest Miller Avenue, Gresham, with no subsequent charges filed after police managed to de-escalate the situation.
Adding to the string of legal issues, a Multnomah County judge issued a bench warrant for Calkins after she failed to make a court appearance regarding the initial dump truck theft.