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Cat burglar strikes Lake Forest area

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning about a string of recent house burglaries that have occurred in the Lake Forest neighborhood.

At least 10 residential burglaries have taken place in unincorporated Lake Oswego, in the area east of Interstate 5 from Carmen Drive to Childs Road that borders Waluga Park.

The first burglary occurred around March 13. After that, the burglaries appeared to stop. But starting May 23, several more burglaries were reported, the most recent on June 5.

The burglaries took place during the night or early-morning hours. In most cases, the suspects entered through unlocked rear sliding doors and took electronics, furniture, tools and other items.

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in the area — such as unfamiliar vehicles or people in the area — to call the non-emergency line at 503-655-8211.

The public can also contact the Sheriff’s Office using the CCSO Tip Line, by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the new online email form at web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp.

Don’t buy that bogus ‘jury-duty warrant’

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is getting fresh reports of a phone scam that made the rounds in the area last year.

In the last week, citizens have again been contacted by someone falsely identifying himself as a CCSO employee who then runs a variation on the jury-duty warrant scam.

Five reports of the scam were received on June 8 alone. Here’s how the CCSO community-service officer describes the latest scam calls:

1. The victim gets a call from someone who identifies himself as Lt. Alan Smith from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. (CCSO does not employ a Lt. Alan Smith.)

2. The caller then tells the victim that there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest because he or she didn’t show up for jury duty. (This is not CCSO policy.)

3. The caller then tells the victim they can pay the “fine” over the phone by purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak at Wal-Mart.

4. The scammer then tells the victim to call back with the MoneyPak card number. The scammer is presumably using these numbers to reload a prepaid card in his possession.

The phone number used by the alleged scammer was the same for each caller in these recent cases.

If a scammer calls you, identifies himself as a law-enforcement official, says you’re wanted for missing jury duty and tries to extract a “fine” or any other financial penalty, contact CCSO to report the call (with the scam caller’s phone number) immediately, using the non-emergency line, 503-655-8211.

Help set world record for biggest swim lesson

Swimmers can help the North Clackamas Aquatic Park break the record for largest swimming lesson Friday, when water parks, pools and aquatic facilities around the world host simultaneous 30-minute classes.

The current Guinness World Record for largest simultaneous swimming lesson stands at 32,450 participants, representing 13 different countries across five continents. This effort to break that record starts at 8 a.m., and swimmers of all ages are invited to join in the fun and then stick around for a 60-minute open swim.

The cost is $3 for North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District residents; $5 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so call 503-557-7873 to sign up. The Aquatic Park is located at 7300 SE Harmony Road in Milwaukie.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson was created to help local communities and organizations work together to promote water safety and build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning.

For more information, call Jason Amos, aquatic and recreation supervisor, at 503-794-8017.