The teams the suspects were allegedly collecting for don't exist

Two would-be college sports boosters were arrested by West Linn police Tuesday after residents realized the baseball teams the men claimed to represent do not exist.

Police say Jeremiah Steven Conner and Thomas Ray Kintigh canvassed neighborhoods in West Linn and possibly Lake Oswego selling magazine subscriptions and asking for donations to the Portland Community College and University of Oregon baseball teams.

PCC does not have a baseball team. The University of Oregon has a club team but has not had an official NCAA baseball team since 1981.

Conner and Kintigh were arrested in the 19700 block of Bellevue Way in West Linn (map) at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses there told police the two men were selling subscriptions to magazines and asking for donations for the non-existent teams as well. That part of the alleged scheme broke the law, police said.

"The suspects are using the youth sports model for fundraising, only they are adults and their behaviors are criminal" said West Linn Police Department Sgt. Neil Hennelly. "If you are approached at your home by door-to-door solicitors, beware, as not all are legitimate."

Conner and Kintigh are also being investigated by Lake Oswego police. Residents there complained this week about door-to-door solicitors claiming to represent Lakeridge High School.

Conner was charged with theft by deception and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail. Kintigh was cited for not having a business license and released.

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