GOLD BEACH – Police arrested a 25-year-old man on burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle charges after they were called to a grocery store at 3 a.m. to answer a report of a man bleeding profusely from his hand.
Michael Lee Colby was arrested early Friday after officers found that windows had been smashed on six vehicles owned by Coastal Home Health and Hospice, windows and doors of Rogue Sportsman’s Realty next door had been smeared with blood, and clothing valued at more than $1,600 had been stolen from a burglary at Jerry’s Jet Boat Gift Shop.
Police Chief Dixon Andrews said officers were dispatched to the grocery store to assist Cal-Ore ambulance on the report of a man, who had come into the store, bleeding profusely from his hand.
The man had declined treatment and left the store before police arrived.
Officers then began checking the areas for the man and noticed a vehicle parked in an unusual manner in the hospice parking lot on Ellensburg Ave., Andrews said.
They found the driver’s side window had been smashed and items from inside the car were strewn on the ground.
The officers then discovered major glass damage from five other vehicles, all owned by the hospice and parked at the hospice parking lot, the chief said.
Officers then found evidence that someone had sustained a serious cut while breaking the windows and had smeared blood all over the front windows and doors of Rogue Sportsman’s Realty, located just south of the hospice building.
Andrews said the officers then tracked the blood trail and saw that it went south toward the store where Colby had earlier sought help for a hand wound. Colby was quickly identified.
Officers then went to Colby’s Nesika Beach home and saw fresh blood on the front porch and front door, Andrews said.
They contacted Colby and found he was still bleeding heavily from a wound to the hand.Andrews said Colby was arrested for criminal mischief and unlawful entry into the vehicles and lodged in the county jail.
Officers then returned to the scene to investigate further and discovered that the Jerry’s Jet Boat Gift Shop had been entered after a rock was thrown through the window and numerous articles of clothing had been stolen, Andrews said.
They then returned to Colby’s Nesika Beach home, and with the cooperation of Colby’s father, located and seized 74 items of clothing from the gift shop. Andrews said the clothing has a retail value of more than $1,600.
Colby was booked into Curry County jail Friday morning and held on $255,000 security. He was arraigned in Curry County Circuit Court on Monday and was scheduled for a first appearance in court with an attorney on Thursday.