Newport Police, with a lot of help from outside agencies, busted up a large home and car burglary and vehicle theft ring operating in Newport during the month of February.
It started out with Newport stopping a known stolen car on February 20th – the driver later learned to be linked to a small army of thieves and drug pushers.
One by one, house by house, car by car, law enforcement swept Newport area residences and charged 11 addition individuals, mostly in their 20s and 30s, charging them with various crimes from possession and distribution of illegal drugs to possession of stolen property and probation violation – weapons violations, even stolen lab equipment from the Newport Sewer Plant.
Newport Police say much of the crime spree (20 separate crimes) was mostly easy for the criminals due to unlocked cars and other vehicles as well as unlocked apartments and homes. Police say failure to secure your property is obviously a fast way to lose it.
Police say there is likely to be more stolen property yet undiscovered and/or claimed. They say if you’re missing something, make sure you’re not missing more. If you do find that you were a victim of one of the biggest burglary rings to surface in a long time, call Newport Police to see if they’re holding your property as evidence against the 12 individuals now in the Lincoln County Jail.
Those arrested on various charges include Stephanie Wheeler-Davey, Jason Owens, Shane Walls, Tanya Schriver, Shannon Thomas, Jason Gemkow, Chelsey Allen, Gabriel Evans, Erin Swinford, Christopher White, Tyler Milbert, and Joshua Sanders. They were all booked on various charges with bails running between $150,000 to a half million dollars.