WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Lincoln City burglary ring busted

Eric Jones, top
Ronald Wick, middle
James Lamb, bottom

Provided by Lincoln City Police and Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team

An investigation late last week involving Lincoln City Police Department and the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) led to the arrest of three men related to the burglary of a Lincoln City hotel. The burglary allegedly was drug-related to sell or trade stolen property in order to obtain methamphetamine.

On August 10, 2011 LINT detectives received information from multiple sources that two Lincoln City men were planning a burglary at a Lincoln City hotel to steal flat screen televisions and other electronics. Detectives identified two suspects, JAMES PATRICK LAMB, age 36, and RONALD RAY WICK, age 27.

Working throughout the night and following day, LINT detectives and Lincoln City officers discovered the Star Fish Manor Hotel in Lincoln City was the victim of the planned burglary. Owners discovered they were missing at least 7 large flat screen televisions and numerous Blu Ray DVD players. Detectives determined the stolen property was inside LAMB’s West Devils Lake Apartment residence located at 3109 NE 26th Street.

Subsequent further investigation led to detectives obtaining a search warrant for LAMB’s residence. With the help of Lincoln City Police Department and Oregon State Police troopers, the warrant was executed late Friday. The majority of stolen property was found inside the apartment. A second search warrant was served at a different apartment in the same complex where detectives found additional stolen property.

LAMB was taken into custody at the apartment for Burglary in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree.

Detectives also contacted ERIC PAUL JONES, age 30, in LAMB’s apartment and arrested him for Probation Violation.

WICK, who was arrested earlier Friday by Lincoln County Parole & Probation, was charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree.

All three were lodged in the Lincoln County Jail.

LINT detectives are continuing the investigation that may lead to other arrests.

The interagency LINT team is comprised of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

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