Two Waldport men were arrested this week in what may be yet another illustration of a pattern that District Attorney Rob Bovett says demonstrates the real motive behind most burglaries. Stealing to buy drugs.
A Waldport resident called the sheriff’s office to report that two men had hijacked a local newspaper vending box in front of the post office by loading it onto a dolly and wheeling it down the street and into a garage. There they proceeded to cut off the lock to the money box. However, by then law enforcement was on the way. When they pulled up and announced themselves Patrick Olson and Chris Echols took off running. The officers say they caught them and brought them back to the garage where it was obvious to the officers what the two were doing.
Within a short time officers found a methamphetamine pipe on Echols and later discovered he also possessed methamphetamine. Upon a search of Olson’s residence officers say they found stolen property from a recent Waldport burglary.
Echols and Olson were booked into the Lincoln County Jail. Officers say their investigation is not over and expect further charges to emerge.