Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said several people in the county, in an effort to “protect property,” held armed checkpoints, stopping cars they did not recognize.
“The first thing I would ask them to do is, please stop this,” Roberts told a news conference on Sunday. “It is illegal to stop someone under arms.”
The sheriff’s office has already contacted “a number of them,” he said. Many of the people who entered the area returned to retrieve their personal belongings.
“The last thing I want to see is something tragic to happen because someone is overdoing something,” he said.
Roberts said dispatchers had received a 400 percent increase in county calls for suspicious people since the fires began. Most of them are unfounded, although a small number of arrests have been made, he said.
He did not specify in detail the number of arrests or the nature of the crimes committed.
Disinformation divides residents and employees
As of Friday, at least five fires were burning in Klakamas County, including major fires by the river and Beachy Creek. Most of the county is under evacuation order.
But some residents living in these evacuation zones do not leave their homes and instead stay to “protect”
Residents have made homemade signs lining wire fences and foggy yellow streets, all warning robbers that they will be shot.
“The robbers are being shot,” many of them are threatening.
He also said there were confirmed reports of robberies on the outskirts of the county, although the sheriff’s office did not confirm this publicly.
Several board members were skeptical of Antifa’s involvement. Smith said only one sergeant was told by informants that Antifa members were deliberately setting fire, although he presented the information as fact.