PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Police chief Stuart Roberts says that a white supremacists gang has been linked to a few assaults in Pendleton.

But Roberts cautioned locals against any rising paranoia regarding supposed members of the European Kindred inciting a wave of violence.

He tells the East Oregonian Pendleton doesn't have a full-fledged gang, adding there may be six or seven men, mostly couch surfers, living from place to place and stealing items to buy drugs.

Roberts says gangs have been in Pendleton for years, and police deal with many people more or less enamored with the ideology of white supremacy or other gangs. But Pendleton usually doesn't have the same vandalism or more serious gang-related crimes that have happened in Hermiston and the Walla Walla Valley.

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