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St. Helens area residents asked to help identify stolen jewelry

The St. Helens Police Department and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their investigation of a series of burglaries that have shaken residents of south Columbia County. Following the arrest of one suspect, Alexander Ross, on Aug. 1, they are now seeking assistance from those who were affected to identify stolen jewelry.

Both agencies would like to reunite owners with their missing jewelry and are taking appointments to meet on Aug. 7 between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the St. Helens Police Department to allow those who were affected by burglaries or thefts in the greater St. Helens area to view some of the recovered items.

This move comes after the Aug. 1 arrest of Alexander Ross, a transient in the St. Helens area who was suspected in a string of burglaries that have occurred in and around St. Helens and Columbia County from the spring through the summer, including the burglary of the Columbia County District Attorney’s home.

These burglaries are still under investigation and Moss told the Columbia County Buzz Examiner previously that he expected additional arrests to happen. Additional charges may be pending against Ross as well.

Victims of thefts or burglaries in the area should call 503-397-3333, extension 217 to speak with Shelly Mahar to set up an appointment to view recovered jewelry. For those who cannot meet with officers on Thursday, it is possible to arrange a different appointment.

“As some of the local police reports list ‘miscellaneous costume jewelry,’ placing some of the recovered items back in the hands of their rightful owners is complex,” said St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss.

The St. Helens Police Department and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their investigation of a series of burglaries that have shaken residents of south Columbia County. Following the arrest of one suspect, Alexander Ross, on Aug. 1, they are now seeking assistance from those who were affected to identify stolen jewelry.

Both agencies would like to reunite owners with their missing jewelry and are taking appointments to meet on Aug. 7 between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the St. Helens Police Department to allow those who were affected by burglaries or thefts in the greater St. Helens area to view some of the recovered items.

This move comes after the Aug. 1 arrest of Alexander Ross, a transient in the St. Helens area who was suspected in a string of burglaries that have occurred in and around St. Helens and Columbia County from the spring through the summer, including the burglary of the Columbia County District Attorney’s home.

These burglaries are still under investigation and Moss told the Columbia County Buzz Examiner previously that he expected additional arrests to happen. Additional charges may be pending against Ross as well.

Victims of thefts or burglaries in the area should call 503-397-3333, extension 217 to speak with Shelly Mahar to set up an appointment to view recovered jewelry. For those who cannot meet with officers on Thursday, it is possible to arrange a different appointment.

“As some of the local police reports list ‘miscellaneous costume jewelry,’ placing some of the recovered items back in the hands of their rightful owners is complex,” said St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss.