Sheriff warns citizens to be on alert for thefts

Condition of one theft victim's vehicle after it was stolen and recovered.
Condition of one theft victim’s vehicle after it was stolen and recovered.

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office reports a spike in vehicle and property theft over the past few weeks, and officers expect more to follow due to pleasant weather and the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.

By Ann Powers

“We are seeing an increase,” Lt. Jim Horton said. “It’s one of the biggest issues we have with the nice weather and holiday weekend.”

Horton said the crimes are primarily occurring near trailheads along the Highway 6 corridor and bleeding down into the southern part of the county. Culprits are targeting parked, unoccupied vehicles.

Horton confirmed entire vehicles have been reported stolen, while other cases involve the theft of wallets, purses, electronic devices and more from inside cars, trucks and RVs.

He added detectives and patrol officers are working together on several open cases and have identified persons of interest in some. No arrests had been reported as of press time.

“We would like to see everyone take some extra measures to secure their property and be safe,” said Horton. “Don’t leave your car unoccupied containing valuables and (lock) your vehicles.”

Officials urge anyone with information about the crimes, or have become victims themselves, to contact their local law enforcement agency.