Newspaper Archive of
The New Era Paper
Sweet Home, Oregon
February 15, 2012     The New Era Paper
PAGE 9     (9 of 20 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 9     (9 of 20 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
February 15, 2012

Newspaper Archive of The New Era Paper produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2021. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

Tile e ra- February 15, 2012 VouR COMMUNITV Page 9 1 Arrest From page 1 these burglaries," Burford said. "We have not determined yet whether this guy was acting alone." It's not time for the public to relax yet, Burford said, although he said he is confident that the depart- ment has the burglar in at least some of the recent burglaries in custody. "Over the last few weeks, Sweet Home has experienced a series of home daytime burglar- ies that follow a disturbing trend," Burford said. "The suspect knocks loudly on the front door. If some- one answers, he purports to be looking for a lost pet or offers some other innocent excuse, but if no one soon comes to the door, he goes to a door or a window shielded from the street and neighbors' view and forces entry. "Unfortunately, in at least two of these cases, a homeowner was inside and had not heard or had not had time to respond to the knocking. The homeowner only became aware of the problem when the suspect was actually attempting entry. "In another instance, the hom- eowner left for a few minutes and thus did not hear the knock at the door. She and her children arrived back at the house and startled the burglar, who left by the back door as they went in the front." Police were concerned that it is only a matter of time until this bur- glar or burglars find themselves well inside the house when they startle a homeowner, Burford said. "Hope- fully, the suspect will run as fast as he can, but no one can predict what the reaction of a frightened hom- eowner and a nervous burglar will be." The Police Department has made it a priority to respond as quickly as possible to suspected in- cidents of this type of crime, Bur- ford said. "But we need your help to catch these guys. Citizens cannot stop crime all by themselves. Nei- ther can the police. But when we work together, we're a hard team to beat." Take notice of strangers in your area: If someone you don't rec- ognize as belonging in your neigh- borhood catches your eye, watch them from a safe vantage point in your home. If they are going door to door or into areas of a neighbor's yard they shouldn't, call 9-1-1 and then stay on the line with the dis- patcher to guide the responding of- ricer to the suspect. "We fully realize that the per- son you're watching might have a totally logical explanation for the suspicious activity," Burford said. "If that's the case, we'll find out who they are, apologize for the in- convenience and send them on their way - no harm, no foul." This has happened recently in a couple of different places, including The New Era office when a passerby noticed someone he didn't recognize trying to get a key to work in the door. Police responded and discov- ered that a part-time employee was inside the building, apologized for the inconvenience and moved on. At a house on 27th Avenue, where there was a burglary last week in the neighborhood, a caller reported a man in a black stocking cap peering over a fence. Police responded and found a neighbor checking his own yard. Be aware of city laws: Sweet Police Chief Bob Burford and Officer Home has an ordinance that requires anyone going door to door selling a product or service to have a city permit. Salesmen are required to present that permit if you ask. They can't get away with telling you that their boss has it. Each person selling door-to-door must have a permit and show it if asked. If the salesman re- fuses to show you the permit, close the door. watch where they go and call the police immediately. Make your property a hard target: Lock your doors and secure your windows. Make your house look occupied even when it's not. Tum on different lights when you leave. Play music or better yet, talk radio. The main reason the burglar or burglars are knocking on doors is to see if anyone is home. A home should be well-kept, and should not provide concealment next to win- dows. Make sure someone you trust knows you will be gone, said Com- munity Services Officer Gina Riley. Mark your valuables: Be able to identify expensive property. Police suggest close-up digital pic- tures, especially of jewelry and other items without serial numbers. Write down the make, model and serial numbers on high-value property. If the item does not have a se- rial number, police suggest adding your own number. They prefer the initials "OR" for Oregon followed by your driver's license number and then "DL." This method will allow any police officer in the ccmntry to quickly determine the owner of property he may believe is stolen. If you need to borrow an en- graving pen, contact the Sweet Home Police Department, and it will lend you one. "Timeliness is of the essence (following a burglary)," Riley said. "We need to know.right away be- cause tomorrow he's going to be hawking them somewhere." Be proactive: Become a member of your Neighborhood Watch. The city has 10 Neighbor- hood Watch groups. If you're not sure who to contact, call Riley at (541) 367-5181. Self-defense: Sweet Home Photos by Sean C. Morgan Rex Bostrom put Austin Richards into the back of a patrol car for transport. police have heard from a number of Neighborhood Watch members. and The New Era staff have heard off-hand comments from area resi- dents about how dangerous it would be for the burglar or burglars in the recent series of burglaries to enter their homes. People have been asking ques- tions about it. Riley said. and she encouraged people to call with ques- tions about the use of force. But the use of deadly force against a burglar is not simple. Bur- ford said. "You've got to be protecting the lives of yourself or another per- son" - or someone must be in seri- ous danger of physical injury." Police Chief Bob Burford talks to a driver at the intersection of 38th Av- enue and Long Street during the hunt for a suspect in a burglary in prog- ress. Circuit Court Mason Dale Tagen Mason Dale Tagen pleaded guilty in Linn County Circuit Court to unauthorized use of a motor ve- hicle on Jan. 20. He was sentenced to 18 months probation and must pay $517 in restitution and fees. His license was revoked for a year. Charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to perform the duties of a driver were dismissed, while he entered diver- sion for driving under the influ- ence. Tagen was arrested for an inci- dent on Nov. 22 by the Linn Coun- ty Sheriff's Office. The Linn County Circuit Court issued a failure to appear warrant for Eric Grimm, who was sched- uled for arraignment on Feb. 2 on charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree theft. Joe Orlando Suarez Joe Orlando Suarez pleaded guilty in Linn County Circuit Court to contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to two days in jail with 12 months probation. He must pay $247 in fines and fees. Charges of third-degree rape and third-degree sexual abuse were dismissed. Suarez was arrested for an incident on Dec. 13 by the Sweet Home Police Department. Eric Grimm