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A senior with sticky fingers?

Recent thefts at West Linn Adult Community Center upset many


Someone with sticky fingers has been taking advantage of the good hearts at the West Linn Adult Community Center. A series of thefts has been reported over the last month from the center, which is located at 1180 Rosemont Road.by: VERN UYETAKE - Several recent thefts have been reported from the West Linn Adult Community Center

"It is a terrible thing when thefts occur. But when it is theft against senior citizens or youth leagues it is most troubling," said Bill Barger, a volunteer at the center.

About a month ago, a worker in the center's gift shop noticed a few items, mostly jewelry, missing. Since taking inventory of the stock, more items have gone missing, with an overall value of more than $150.

On Friday, June 21, money was stolen. A nurse visits the center once a month to hold a foot care clinic. Between customers, she left her room to visit the gift shop. When she returned less than five minutes later, an envelope with about $45 was missing.

According to Program Coordinator Lynn DePretto, the room where the nurse was is off the beaten path and there would be no reason for anyone to enter that room.

"Somebody saw the opportunity and took it," DePretto said.

DePretto made an announcement last Friday during lunch about the thefts and warned center participants to keep an eye out for anything or anyone unusual and to keep their belongs close.

"They are just looking for an opportunity; don't give them the opportunity," DePretto said.

DePretto said there are no suspects at this time, but it is rare for people who are not program participants to be in the center.

"It's very disheartening. We are all very disappointed," DePretto said.

Funds raised at the gift shop go back to the center's friends group to support programs and future expansion.

"We would like to tell people of the West Linn community about the wide variety of services available to them. And that we have a wonderful gift shop. The gift shop is open every weekday during normal business hours. It is one best in the area. And now it has been hit pretty hard," Barger said.

If anyone has information about the thefts, contact DePretto at 503-557-4704.