The Curry Coastal Pilot

A crime wave swept through the county last week, with three vehicles stolen, several trailers and a restaurant broken into and law enforcement actively looking for those involved.

According to Curry County Sheriff Lt. John Ward, a man reported his Chevy Silverado stolen from his driveway on South Bank Chetco River Road Feb. 7. The vehicle had fuel pump problems, so the vehicle only made it to south of Pedrioli Road before sputtering to a stop. The thieves then asked a man for a ride back to Harbor for gas and disappeared.

The following day, a woman reported her unlocked Ford RNG was stolen from Court Street in Harbor. California Highway Patrol troopers saw the vehicle in Smith River, but didn't catch anyone.

The vehicle was found later in a ditch and the owners were able to retrieve it.

That same day, a Subaru Legacy with tools in it was reported stolen from West Freeman Lane. It was found stripped in Smith River Feb. 18.

On Feb. 9, a woman on West Freeman Lane reported that someone had broken into her vehicle, but nothing was stolen.

On Feb. 12, another citizen reported someone had broken into their vehicle and stolen the stereo, watches, keys and CDs in the car.

"We do have some leads that are associated with most of these vehicle thefts, and we're looking for certain subjects," Ward said. "We believe the same suspects are involved in most of these."

Additionally, on Feb. 10, several trailers at AAA Storage near West Freeman Lane were broken into and property stolen. Much of it was recovered nearby as if someone had stashed it with the intention of returning later to retrieve it, Ward said.

And someone used a crowbar to pry into Mattie's Pancake House at East Benham and Highway 101 in Harbor Feb. 14; nothing was taken from the eatery.

"It just never stops," Ward said. "This is nothing."

In Brookings, the only crime of note was at attorney John Babin's office, where someone threw a rock through a window along Art Walk Alley. No entry was made into the building, which had been burglarized late last year, as well.

The police department, however, responded to 231 calls since Valentine's Day.

"It's busy," said Police Lt. Donny Dotson. "But nothing rises to the level of 'excitement.'"