An Oregon couple forced to flee their home because of the raging wildfires soon faced a second heartbreak — as they helplessly watched looters breaking in on their home video surveillance.
Tracy and Marvin Johnson told KOIN 6 News how the Unger Fire had already destroyed a two-mile hiking trail in Beavercreek that they had opened days earlier after spending eight years building.
Firefighters managed to save their home despite the blaze coming within feet of it — just for looters to break in despite an evacuation order in the area, they told the station.
“Our Nest cam came on and told us that there was movement and we could see the lights pull up into our driveway,” Marvin Johnson said.
“We saw the door open and could hear people inside the house talking.”
They called the police but the looters had already fled by the time they got there. Thankfully the thieves didn’t appear to take off with too much, the couple said.
The home is in Clackamas County, where the sheriff’s office told the station there have been 13 arrests in the evacuation areas, including some for burglary, criminal trespass and possession of burglary tools.
Many in the Beaver State have even put up warning signs — some reading “You loot, we shoot” — while others have armed themselves as they set up roadblocks barring entry to evacuation zones.
One Oregon woman also went viral after video showed her pulling a gun on a suspected intruder who she feared was planning to start fires.
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