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Crime Ring Targeted Fee Boxes At Oregon Parks And Campgrounds


Fee boxes in the Little North Santiam Canyon were broken into multiple times during the summer of 2017.

Fee boxes in the Little North Santiam Canyon were broken into multiple times during the summer of 2017.

Zach Urness/Statesman Journal

They came to the forest equipped with lock cutters, crowbars — even a blowtorch.

A team of at least three people allegedly stole from numerous parks, campgrounds and trailheads in the Little North Santiam, Detroit Lake and Willamette National Forest areas last summer.

The team targeted remote areas to steal from fee tubes, often known as “iron rangers,” where people drop envelopes with cash to park or camp, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

In around 50 different incidents, more than $30,000 in fees were lost and another $5,000 was spent on material, repairs and staff time across Willamette National Forest. Marion County parks officials estimated they lost less than $500 in fees and $2,700 for material and repair.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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