On Sunday, April 18, Lincoln City Police officers, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police arrested two people on various charges relating to theft, identity theft, unauthorized entry to motor vehicles, fraudulent use of credit cards, and criminal mischief.
During the investigation of some of the reported criminal activity, police learned a description of the subjects and the vehicle they were in. Information about the vehicle was passed on to local law enforcement agencies, and it was later spotted traveling south on Highway 101 at the north end of Depoe Bay, where a traffic stop was conducted.
Donald Wright, 37, and Mirinda Larsen, 40, of Clackamas County, were both arrested after many reports of thefts from vehicles, followed by fraudulent use of credit cards at stores in and around Lincoln City, Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay.
Wright and Larsen’s vehicle, which was filled with new/unused items, was seized by Lincoln City Police as evidence. The items inside are suspected to have been stolen and/or fraudulently purchased.
After the suspects were arrested, they were released with criminal citations to appear before a judge due to not meeting the Lincoln County Jail’s COVID-19 lodging criteria.
Both Wright and Larsen were charged with first-degree theft, unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle (two counts) and second-degree criminal mischief (two counts).
The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible. Anyone with information that could be related to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Burke at the Lincoln City Police Department, 541-994-3636, and refer to case LCP21000614.