Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts told many people in the county to operate armed checkpoints, stopping cars they could not identify, in an effort to “protect the property”.
Roberts said during a Sunday news conference, “The first thing I ask them to do is please stop it.” “It is illegal to detain someone at gunpoint.”
The sheriff’s office has already reached “many of them”. Many of the people living in the area were going to get their personal belongings back.
“The last thing I want to see is anything that can happen tragically because someone is overtaking something,” he said.
Roberts said dispatchers received a 400% increase in calls from the county for suspects since the blaze. He said that most of them were baseless, although a small number of arrests have occurred.
He did not elaborate on the number of arrests or the nature of the crimes committed.
Misinformation divides residents and officials
As of Friday, at least five wildfires were burning in Clackamas County, including major Riverside and Beachy Creek fires. Most counties are under evacuation orders.
But some residents living in those evacuation areas are not leaving their homes and are instead living to “defend” their property.
Residents have drawn house signs to wire fences and blurred, yellow-colored streets, all warning looters that they will be shot.
“Looters get shot,” many of them threaten.
He also said the robbery was confirmed near the outskirts of the county, although the Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed it.
Many members of the board were skeptical of Antifa’s involvement. Smith said that only one sergeant was told by informants that the members of Antifa were deliberately setting fire, although they did provide information about this fact.