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Deputy: Report all suspicious activity

An intimate gathering of citizens and reporters convened to hear Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Helmer discuss the recent burglaries and car break-ins plaguing Estacada.

The town hall meeting was held Tuesday, April 23, at the Estacada Community Center.

From March 1 through April 21, there have been 11 business burglaries, two house burglaries and several car break-ins.

“It would be a rash of burglaries for medium to large towns,” Helmer said.

Becky Ginsbach, editor of the Estacada Eagle, said she was concerned that citizens no longer considered burglary an issue since Raleigh Reynolds, the suspect in the April 18 Granny’s Drive-Thru burglary, had been arrested.

Reynolds made national headlines when he used his 7-month-old son as a shield when confronted by deputies on Saturday, April 20.

Helmer explained that a citizen had called the police when he saw a man dressed in black running away from Granny’s and carrying a trash bag in the early morning of April 18.

Evidence recovered at the scene also linked Reynolds to the burglary.

Helmer noted that it was an extraordinarily fast processing of evidence that allowed deputies to make the arrest so soon after the Granny’s burglary.

Helmer explained that the other burglaries were still under investigation and that there is at least one other burglar at large.

A person wearing camouflage gear was caught by surveillance cameras at Taco Time and Get & Go. Helmer said Reynolds was not the person in the videos.

Helmer advised Estacada citizens to call in suspicious activity when they see it, and not to assume somebody else already has.

The police are not required to include the name of the caller in their written reports when a citizen calls in suspicious activity.

“The public is what makes or breaks some of these crimes,” he said.

Helmer said that in terms of crime prevention, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is the assumption that other people will take care of it.

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