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Porch theft on the rise

Police warn residents to be on the lookout as holidays approach


Someone is stealing everything from holiday decorations to outdoor art from people’s front porches.

After police saw a bump in theft reports over the past week, KOIN 6 News spoke with some of the victims. They said the thieves aren’t taking anything that’s really valuable. It has mostly been small stuff, like wreaths and holiday decorations.

But it’s no small stuff to the families who’ve been hit.

The Oliva family had to replace the holiday decorations that someone stole from their front porch.

“And I didn’t know the scarecrows were gone until mom and dad told me that someone stole them,” said 7-year-old Ella Oliva. “I thought it was very bad to do.”

Her father, John Oliva, said he’s “definitely nervous with the Christmas season coming up, and I know a lot of times we have shipments coming to the house for presents.”

With holiday decorations already going up in Lake Oswego, neighbors who’ve also been hit said they feel the same way. Wreaths, wooden carvings, yard decorations have all disappeared in recent weeks from front porches and yards all over Lake Oswego.

“There is a Grinch out there,” theft victim Debbie Diamond said. “We have to find some way of catching them.”

Diamond and her husband came home to find holiday decorations missing from their front door. They may not be a big expense to replace, but their loss is still a big nuisance.

“We really couldn’t understand any reason or rationale for doing it, especially in this neighborhood,” Kevin Diamond said.  

Police are warning people to be on the lookout. They’re also recommending people make safe arrangements for packages delivered during the holidays.

— KOIN 6 News is the Review’s broadcast partner.



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