Scott Graves
Curry Coastal Pilot

Three Port Orford men were arrested this week in connection with a residential burglary andndash; one of many in a string of thefts happening in northern Curry County.

"We've had a rash of burglaries up there," Curry County Sheriff John Bishop said Friday. "Most of the suspects are coming down from Coos Bay and Bandon."

Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday and Thursday arrested Ashley Ireston, 19, Christopher Davis, 33, and Cody Wilson, 25, and charged them with crimes related to a June 2 residential burglary on Elk River Road, north of Port Orford.

Most of the property stolen from the home was recovered, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Ireston is facing first degree burglary, theft and receiving stolen goods.

Davis is facing charges of first degree burglary, theft and selling stolen goods.

Wilson is facing charges of first degree burglary, theft, receiving stolen goods, possession of methamphetamines and probation violation.

All information has been forwarded to the Curry County District Attorney for prosecution, Rector said.

The Sheriff's Department has been investigating several recent burglaries and theft of metal in the Port Orford and Langlois area.

The suspects, Bishop said, often steal vehicles and strip them of metal or remove metal parts from farm and logging equipment left on private property.

The three Port Orford men were arrested when sheriff's detectives, working with Coos Bay and Bandon authorities, starting contacting individuals in those cities, Bishop said.

The investigation is continuing and Bishop expected more arrests.

"When you start shaking trees who knows what's going to fall out," he said.

Anyone with information about these crimes or other suspicious activity in the Port Orford and Langlois areas is requested to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-247-3242 or 800-543-8471. People who wish to remain anonymous can call Curry County Crimestoppers at 888-974-0000.