Lincoln County authorities were called late Sunday night on a report that someone had stolen a 27-foot travel trailer from a repair shop in Seal Rock. A short time later a member of the victim family called 9-1-1 to report the trailer was seen traveling eastbound on Alsea Highway, apparently headed for the valley. Pursuing sheriff’s deputies caught up with the alleged thief and his female passenger near Little Switzerland Road who were pulling the trailer with a silver Toyota pick-up.
Deputies pulled them over and began talking with the driver, Dustin Petty, 40, of Zillah, Washington. After learning that Petty didn’t own the trailer he was immediately arrested on charges of aggravated theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Petty was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on a bail of $150,000. His female passenger was not charged and the trailer was returned to its owner who lives on Huckleberry Lane in Seal Rock.