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Church chat leads to home invasion in Athena

Athena, Oregon. Photo via Google Maps.

The following is a news release from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office:

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to be aware of a method used to burglarize a home on High St in the city of Athena yesterday evening while the resident was still home.  On Sunday, July 21st, at around 7:30 p.m. an elderly male was contacted at his residence by a female who asked him to step out onto the back deck of his home to talk about church.  While the victim was outside talking with the female, another individual entered the residence and burglarized the home. The female then left on foot. The female is described as a white female, 30 to 40 years old, with shoulder length brown hair, wearing an orange and white shirt and jeans.  

After the burglary, another citizen in the area reported seeing a woman matching the description getting into a white Jeep Wrangler 4 door, with half doors and no top. Items stolen from the residence include a .40 caliber handgun.  

Investigation is on-going at this time.

Again, UCSO is asking citizens to be aware of the method that was used, especially elderly who are living alone, and report any suspicious activity.  Anyone having additional information is asked to call our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. 

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