Citizens’ tips have resulted in the arrest of two Brookings men in association with various vehicle break-ins in Brookings, as well as the discovery of stolen property from at least five incidents, Brookings Police Sgt. Tyler McCourt announced Monday.

Jason Lee Ivie, 23, and his father Vernon Wayne Ivie, were arrested Thursday after police determined the younger man was likely responsible for the increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles, storage units and businesses around town in the past month.

The first night of trying to contact Jason Ivie by increasing patrols around his home at the south end of town were unsuccessful, but on Feb. 1, police pulled him over near his home and found him in possession of stolen property.

He was arrested and lodged in the Curry County Jail on a theft by receiving charge.

Police obtained a search warrant for the house and found additional stolen property, including two firearms and narcotics. They also found Vernon Ivie, whom they arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

More charges are expected to be filed on both men, McCourt said.

Officers are contacting victims to identify more suspected stolen property.

Anyone with more information can call the Brookings Police Department at 541-469-3118.

Reach Jane Stebbins at jstebbins@currypilot.com .

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