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WL prowler found hiding in a chicken coop

Man said he had been drinking and was "trying to keep the chickens warm"

A prowler hiding in a chicken coop was apprehended in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 14, according to West Linn police.


At about 4:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of a prowler near the 21000 block of Willamette Drive. Officers arrived and were directed by the homeowner to the chicken coop in the backyard.

There, officers found 23-year-old Jordan Fincher, of West Linn, lying in one of the nesting rooms surrounded by chickens. Fincher explained to officers that he had been drinking "Jager Bombs" in Oregon City and was just trying to "keep the chickens warm,” according to police.

Fincher was charged with second degree burglary, second degree trespassing and second degree criminal mischief.

With the holiday season in full swing, the West Linn Police Department reminds residents to keep a close watch in neighborhoods for suspicious activity and help police combat car break-ins and burglaries.

If you see suspicious activity in your area, make note of the description of the person and/or vehicle, including the license plate, and immediately call 503-635-0238 or call 911 if it is an emergency.

Safeguard your valuables and your identity by taking the following precautions:

  • Leave the inside of your car ‘showroom clean.’ Don't leave anything valuable in your car especially your wallet/purse, mail, credit card statements, or anything that could compromise your identity.
  • Lock your doors. The majority of thefts are from unlocked cars.
  • Make use of your trunk. If you have to leave something in the car, put it in the trunk. It's much more secured than the armrest or glove compartment and it keeps valuables out of plain sight.
  • Install and maintain motion activated lights. Would-be thieves are deterred by well-lit areas
  • Be sure your garage door is shut at night.
  • Have your important mail and packages delivered to a post office box as opposed to at your door.
  • Talk with your neighbors and keep an eye out for each other, day or night.