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Boats trashed

Reward offered; 20-plus boats hit

The Lake Oswego Corporation is offering a $5,000 reward to nab vandals that damaged more than 20 boats moored at Village on the Lake Marina, the Forest Hills Easement and the Palisades Terrace docks last week.

Incidents reported between July 24 and 25 cued officials to the boat vandalism, which included slashed upholstery and boat covers, and cuts to tubes and tie-down lines.

Bill Wiley, spokesman for the Lake Oswego Corporation, said the degree of the damage varied from boat to boat but included the discharge of fire extinguishers on some boats, damage to the fiberglass coating on others and theft of items such as stereos and extra keys.

'We wouldn't be surprised if it exceeds $25,000,' Wiley said. 'The affected folks are pretty disappointed, obviously. This has happened in the past from time to time and we're obviously taking it very seriously.'

Lake Corp officials have adjusted the hours of Lake Patrol in response to the vandalism and have encouraged neighbors to keep a close watch on one another's property.

Homeowners who have not yet reported recent vandalism or theft are being asked to file a report with the Lake Oswego Police by calling the confidential tip line at 503-635-0238.

Some vandalism on the lake appeared to continue until late last week. Lake Oswego Police received three additional reports of vandalism and theft from boats, two in the Palisades Terrace area and one near the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course on Stafford Road.

In those incidents, numerous small items were stolen from one boat moored in the Palisades Easement July 28, including an iPod, sunglasses, hat and shirt. At a nearby home, an outdoor table, chairs and umbrella were thrown into the lake from a private dock July 30. A hammock was also slashed on that property.

'I got an e-mail from the Lake Corp and that's what originally made me tune in and go down and check things out,' said homeowner Diane Clainos.

Referring to her slashed hammock, she said, 'That's the part that disturbs me because obviously they were in my backyard.'

Across town, a single theft from a parked boat was also reported. Two wakeboards and a surfboard, valued at $1,800, were stolen from a boat parked at a home near the municipal golf course July 30.

The Lake Oswego Corporation is offering its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism.

Although Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol is handling the case, those with information are asked to contact the Lake Oswego Police.