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Residents Urged To Be Alert In Wake Of Burglaries

Four homes broken into

The Bingen-White Salmon Police Department is advising local residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity around area homes.

Over the past several months, four homes in the Grandview/Vine Street area of White Salmon were burglarized, and there was a window broken out with attempted entry on Oak Street.

In late January, two locked safes containing a variety of valuables were taken from another White Salmon home.

Police Chief Bruce Brending said the investigation into these burglaries is continuing.

On Jan. 20, the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department assisted the Skamania County Sheriff's Office in making three arrests in White Salmon. Law enforcement officials believed the suspects in those arrests were linked to a series of break-ins in Underwood, and some stolen property has been recovered.

A deputy with the Skamania County Sheriff's Office said the arrested suspects may be linked to at least one White Salmon burglary as well.

According to Brending, no new residential burglaries have been reported in the Bingen-White Salmon area over the last three weeks, but he urged citizens to remain alert.

"The biggest deterrent is knowing your neighbors," Brending said. "Talk to your neighbors, and watch out for each other. Report suspicious activity, or if there is a strange vehicle in a neighbor's driveway or down the street when they are not home. We'd rather have an officer go by and find out it's your neighbor's son who came home from college than get a call when they come back from a weekend away and find their home has been broken into."

Brending pointed out that with the recent economic downturn, an upsurge in thefts could result, and he advised citizens to take some basic steps as a precaution to help protect themselves.

"Lock your houses and lock your cars," Brending said.

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