Crime on the Rise in St. Helens | 101 KXL

Crime on the Rise in St. Helens

Written by FM News 101 KXL on June 4, 2014

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).

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1 reply to “Crime on the Rise in St. Helens

  1. Jedi

    In my heart I find this to be unacceptable. If we just pay attention, start a neighborhood watch, get to know your neighbors. And then, be sure to question those who aren’t.

    What are they doing here? If their intentions are motivated by anything other than honest occupation – they should be able to show you such. DON’T look the other way when you see them looking the other way. Watch them. Let them know that they are being watched… they will be much less likely to think about taking from our families and friends if they can see that we value our property enough to say “Well then, what are you doing here today?”


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