Deputy, crime prevention specialist offer advice

Community Service Officer Sara McClurg and Deputy Matt Helmer of Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spoke on crime prevention at a chamber lunch forum at the Cazadero Inn on Thursday, May 16.

Helmer revealed that two arrests have been made in connection to the burglaries that have been plaguing downtown Estacada businesses for more than a month.

Steven Moore, 29, was arrested Tuesday, May 14, and booked into Clackamas County Jail on two counts of second-degree burglary and probation violation.

The grand jury may add aditional charges.

He is suspected of the April burglaries of Taco Time, Get and Go and Harmony Bakery.

Video surveillance from Taco Time and Get and Go had captured footage of a masked person wearing camouflage and “distinctive shoes” when the crimes occurred.

Deputies said they recovered camouflage gear, gloves and shoes after serving a search warrant for Moore on Tuesday, May 14.

Moore knows Raleigh Reynolds, the man arrested for the April 17 burglary of Granny’s Drive-Thru. It’s unclear whether the two were working together.

Helmer went on to explain that off-duty Deputy Daniel Moyer saw a suspicious person leaving the closed Safari Club with a large brown suitcase and backpack the morning of Wednesday, May 15.

Moyer alerted dispatch.

Deputies arrested the suspect, 32 year old Estacada resident Jonathan Ray Hogenson.

They found the suitcase and backpack on Hogenson’s mother’s back porch.

The suitcase and backpack contained items stolen from the Safari Club, which were returned to the club’s owners.

According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, deputies investigating the Safari Club break-ins discovered evidence suggesting two forced entries to the building, cut metal and damage to a walk-in cooler.

Hogenson was detained at the Clackamas County Jail on an accusation of second-degree burglary, with bail set at $15,000.

Hogenson does not show up on the Clackamas County Jail inmate roster. Neither the jail nor the Sheriff’s Office could be reached for comment by press time.

According to Helmer, Hogenson knew Moore, but it’s unclear whether they were working together.

It’s under investigation whether Hogenson or Moore are connected to recent residential burglaries.

At the lunch forum, McClurg, a crime prevention specialist, discussed how to ward off car break-ins and measures local businesses can take to be less susceptible to burglary.

She explained that there has been a recent spike in car break-ins and vandalism in the Estacada area.

These crimes have been occurring during the night, and often to cars parked overnight near bars.

McClurg said break-ins often are motivated by the desire for money for drugs.

She said that covering valuables with a blanket attracts rather than deters break-ins.

She advised keeping valuables out of sight.

Like the car break-ins, McClurg pointed out that the burglaries typically happen at night.

“Keep your businesses well lit,” she said.

She recommended motion sensor lights for the backs of buildings.

“It makes criminals fearful someone will notice that light,” she said.

She told business owners to make sure their windows and doors were secured when they closed up shop.

She advised the use of deadbolts of at least one and a half inches and that door frame screws be at least three inches in length. They should be long enough to reach the stud so that the door cannot be kicked in.

“A lot of times criminals won’t break windows because they don’t want to draw attention to themselves,” she said. Nevertheless, she suggested planting “hostile vegetation” such as thorny rosebushes near windows.

She encouraged citizens to be “proactive about calling in anything suspicious” and to pay attention to their “gut feelings.”

Citizens should call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number, 503-655-8211, to report suspicious activity.

She pointed out that it is most helpful to police when callers are ready to describe suspicious person’s height, weight, ethnicity, clothing, mannerisms, license plates, speech and whether they wear glasses or have tattoos.

“The devil is in the details. The more details you can get to us, the easier it is for us to solve it,” she said.

McClurg said that it is legal to take photographs of suspicious people.

“We rarely get anyone who is able to give us an accurate description of a person or a car even if they saw them a few minutes ago,” McClurg said when describing the value of photographs.

Photographs and video surveillance are extremely helpful in police investigations, as illustrated by the footage that aided in Moore’s arrest.

She warned citizens never to put themselves in harms way in an attempt to get a photo though.

She said it would be a good idea to set up a neighborhood watch.

“Alarms can be extremely helpful tools in trying to deter criminal activity, especially if it’s a sounding alarm,” McClurg said. She also recommended guard dogs.

She explained that anything that draws attention to a would-be criminal is an affective deterrent.

McClurg also said the more well-kept a business appears, the less likely it is to be burglarized.

She explained that some criminals call businesses to determine how many people are there before they attempt to burglarize them. McClurg told businesses to instruct their staffs never to admit to being alone to a caller.

She took a moment to promote the website Alert ID which provides real-time notifications of crimes in subscribers’ neighborhoods.

However, she explained that Alert ID will be unavailable after Estacada transitions to coverage with the Sandy Police Department.

Chamber of Commerce Administrator Connie Redmond ended the forum by thanking McClurg and Helmer.

“I personally want to thank the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for your years of service,” she said and pointed out that McClurg and Helmer had come to speak at the forum despite knowing that they had lost the contract.

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