Police catch suspected burglars

By Scott Graves, The Curry Coastal Pilot

It took police about two hours and the help of a witness on Wednesday to locate and arrest a man and woman suspected of burglarizing a Brookings home earlier that day.

"It was a case of good detective work on the part of the officers," said Brookings. Lt. Donny Dotson.

The suspects, Melissa Jaramillo, 36, of Brookings, and Leon Luck, 27, of Coos Bay, are facing charges of first degree burglary, theft and being felons in possession of firearms. Jaramillo will likely be charged with the additional charges of possessing methamphetamine and probation violation.

At about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Brookings Police officers responded to the call of a residential burglary that happened earlier that morning on Lilac Lane off Memory Lane.

The victim reported that thousands of dollars in property was stolen.

The items stolen included guns, precious metals, jewelry, electronics and other personal property, Dotson said.

Within an hour of receiving the 911 call, officers had interviewed neighbors and an individual who witnessed the suspects leaving the victims' house with possible loot, Dotson said.

At 2 p.m., Brookings police officers and several Curry County Sheriff's deputies descended on a house on Hall Way off Highway 101 in Harbor, he said. Officers found Jaramillo and Luck, as well as some of the stolen property inside the house. The pair were arrested without incident.

Later that evening, authorities searched Jaramillo's Brookings residence and found the rest of the stolen property.

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