ST. HELENS – Russ Dunnington was in for a terrible shock when he came home from work to find his home burglarized.
“They went through everything…My file cabinets were pulled out, my drawers were all open.”
Many of Dunnington’s possessions were taken, among them count guns and tools. The total loss is estimated somewhere from $3,000 to $4,000.
“It violates you when you come home and someone is inside your house…The way I was raised you don’t do that kind of thing.”
Columbia County and St. Helens detectives are also upset and are allocating resources towards investigation 58 burglaries and thefts over the last month alone. Homes and outbuildings are being targeted in the daytime and in the middle of the night. Neighborhoods have posted warnings about the rise in criminal activity.
“I’m retired now so I stay up late at night now…Make sure nothing’s going on that shouldn’t be.” -Jeff Lawrence
Dunnington is a busy guy and can’t devote the same kind of time to being vigilant, all he can do is watch when he can. Detectives do not have a description of the suspect(s).