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Man suspected of stealing apron held on theft charge

A 25-year-old man wearing an allegedly stolen chef's apron demanded to be let into the Springfield police station early Wednesday, only to take off his pants once inside, police say.

Travis Jeffrey Hodges of Springfield showed up at the station just after 3 a.m., pulling at the locked doors and slamming a public phone before officers arrived to see what was going on, police said.

Meanwhile, police responded to an alarm at the Sprout! Regional Food Hub, located on A Street across from the police station. The nonprofit group's glass door was shattered, and police said several similar chef's aprons were inside.

Police believe Hodges broke into the Sprout! facility, stole the apron and then walked directly to the police station. He was found pantless but still wearing the apron.

He was arrested on charges of third-degree theft, second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief. He was taken to the Springfield Municipal Jail. Hodges admitted to using methamphetamine, police said.

Man who prompted lockdown charged with additional crimes

The man who police say prompted a lockdown at Riverbend Elementary School on Tuesday, resulting in the temporary closure of Main Street to traffic, has been charged with additional crimes after the incident.

Initially booked into the Lane County Jail on a probation violation, Justin Andrew Gieselman, 32, of Eugene now faces four counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon and one count of first-degree theft.

Gieselman was on probation for a previous menacing charge.

The incident on Tuesday began when police learned that a man was allegedly high on methamphetamine, armed, suicidal and heading for the elementary school that his son attends.

One officer was sent to the school, and six others worked to find the man. Gieselman eventually was found driving on Main Street a mile-and-a-half from the school, where he was arrested.

- The Register-Guard

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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 15, 2015
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