Monday, December 12, 2011
According to Hood River County Sheriff Det. Gerry Tiffany, a rash of daytime burglaries is spreading in the rural areas of the county.
"They are striking homes that are set off by themselves - at the end of roads and driveways," said Tiffany.
Beginning Sept. 30, the sheriff's department has received reports of more than five home burglaries.
"They are taking snowboards, bikes, jewelry, cash, guns, computers - pretty much anything of value," said Tiffany.
"We encourage people to take precautions. Lock your doors. Do what you can to protect yourself and call the sheriff's department if you see anything suspicious," advised Tiffany.
In particular, keeping track of serial numbers on computers, televisions, guns and other marked items will help law enforcement to both seize and return stolen items.
According to Tiffany, it appears the thieves know the area and are watching for homes to strike when they will have plenty of time to haul off loot. Homes have been hit in Parkdale, on the West Side and other rural county locations.
"They are waiting until people are off to work or school. We think they may have a truck or van as some of the items are quite large," said Tiffany.
With the Christmas season approaching, gifts under the tree will also be an enticement.
"If you see suspicious vehicles where they shouldn't be, call us," said Tiffany.
The Hood River County Sheriff's office can be reached at 541-386-2711 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge