Newport Police have arrested two young males after police say they caught them in the act of burglarizing a home while the owners were away.
Police received a call from a neighbor who said there was a flickering light shining inside the home at 349 NW 14th, and that they should come right away.
Police pulled up to see that the house had been ransacked. Then they heard the sound to running and the noise of somebody diving into some nearby bushes. Officers went to the spot where they believe the rustling noise had come from. There they found two young males, one 18, the other younger, who were acting very nervous. They also had bleeding blackberry bush scratches on their arms. After talking with officers they confessed to burglarizing the home.
The juvenile was taken to juvenile detention. But the 18 year old, Joseph Lusk, of Newport, was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and booked on charges of burglary and theft. Lusks bail was set at $157,000.
Police remind the community that if you plan to be gone from your residence for any period of time, you should enlist the help of trustworthy neighbors who can keep an eye on it until you return. It’s also smart to alert local police or sheriff’s offices that you’ll be gone a certain amount of time and for them to add your residence to their regular patrol duties.