Police arrest man they say stole two forklifts during crime spree

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police arrested a man they said stole two different forklifts and caused property damage in SE Portland on Monday night.

Brent Shannon Thicksten, 39, was booked into Multnomah County jail on multiple charges.

It all started just before 6 p.m., when police got a call a man was running around the 100 block of SE Washington St. carrying a pipe and pulling up grates.

While they were on the way, they were told the man had stolen a forklift from a business in the 200 block of SE Oak St., crashed it through a door and was driving it south on SE Stark St.

Police said when they got there, Thicksten ran off and they couldn't find him.

About two hours later, police got a call that a man had climbed over the front gate at 900 N. Thunderbird Way and was on top of a portable trailer, stabbing it with a knife. The caller told police the man seemed to be high on drugs.

As police were on the way, they again were told the man had stolen a forklift. This time, the caller said, he'd crashed it through a fence and was driving south on the railroad tracks along the Wilamette River.

Police said they eventually tracked Thicksten down in the Southwest industrial area, near the original call.

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