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Lents area woman fed up with crime after backyard break-in

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Brenda Adams in her backyard Wednesday. (KPTV) Brenda Adams in her backyard Wednesday. (KPTV)
The book box in front of her home. (KPTV) The book box in front of her home. (KPTV)

A woman who lives in the Lents neighborhood in southeast Portland is fed up with crime in the area after her backyard was broken into for the second time.

It happened at a home near Southeast 92nd and Center Street sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.

Brenda Adams said she woke up Tuesday morning to find her backyard in disarray and dirty footprints on the ground.

But her yard isn’t an easy target; it’s protected on all sides by tall fencing.

“I believe this is where they climbed in because there were little pieces of bamboo on the ground,” she said, pointing to a 6-foot fence with bamboo shoots woven into the door.

Adams told Fox 12 power cords and work buckets were out of place and $500-600 in tools she uses for her landscaping business were gone. So were battery chargers and her husband’s running shoes.

She said whoever did it also got into her truck in the driveway and made off with a GPS system and phone chargers.

It looked like the suspect also tried to take her bike, but it has a lock attaching the back wheel to the frame and it wasn’t easy to roll away with.  She found it abandoned in a different part of her yard.

It’s the second time her backyard has been broken into in the last few years.

“[After it happened the first time] we got a taller gate, we lock the backyard all the time, and as you can see it’s pretty private and you would think and hope you’re safe in your own space, but obviously we have some more work to do,” she said.

She said her next-door neighbors have been targeted twice in the last two weeks in a similar fashion. Criminals there have taken beer and meat from their outdoor refrigerator.

It’s frustrating and heartbreaking for Adams, who has a library box and a giving tree in front of her house, to provide free clothes and shoes for people in the community who are in need.

“If somebody would have knocked on my door and said I’m hungry or I need [something], I would have given to them,” Adams said.

She’s had to spend nearly $1,000 to replace the missing tools and buy materials for security upgrades, like alarms and bars for the windows.

She hopes that other people in the area keep a close eye out for any suspicious activity and that their neighborhood isn’t targeted again.

If you know anything that can help, call Portland Police.

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