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Update: St. Helens hit with58 burglaries, thefts in May


by: PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - The Columbia County Sheriff's Office released a map Friday, May 30, marking recent thefts (green) and burglaries (blue) that have occurred in the St. Helens area (see Rash of burglaries continue near St. Helens, Friday, May 30). The string of crimes is ongoing in and around St. Helens, said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, who added he has never seen anything like it.  
'I cant remember, since Ive been sheriff, that we've ever had such a huge number of burglaries and thefts in one months time,' Dickerson said. 'We've never had this many. Not like this.'
Dickerson said 58 thefts and burglaries have been reported to the Sheriff's Office since May 1. Mostly, he said, the crimes are occurring outside St. Helens, but the city has seen an uptick in burglaries and thefts as well. 
'We assume there's a group or a very prolific individual,' Dickerson said. 'We are pursuing various leads, but have nothing solid at this point to nail down any suspects.'
Dickerson said the Sheriff's Office is working with the St. Helens Police Department to solve the crimes. He cautioned the community to report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office at 503-366-4698.