Sunday morning at approximately 11:20 a.m. Seaside Police responded to Radio Shack after a male subject had stolen a Kindle Fire from a display case. Employees of the store said there were four people who entered the store and while dealing with two of the people, the suspect grabbed the Kindle Fire and put it under his shirt leaving the store. When the information was provided to other officers, one of them remembered seeing four people in a white Pontiac not far from the theft.
The vehicle and four subjects were located in the 1700 block of S. Roosevelt. During the officer's investigation, they learned that two of the subjects had warrants out of Warrenton and Astoria and the third subject was in possession of Methamphetamine and a large amount of Marijuana. All three were taken into custody and taken to the Seaside Police Department. The fourth subject was released at the scene.
During the booking process, officer uncovered additional property that appeared to be stolen and after contacting several local businesses, they were able to identify 4 additional stores who suffered thefts that morning.
Jonny A. Cothren age 41 of Ocean Park Washington was arrested on charges of one count Theft II, 3 counts Theft III, and two warrants out of Warrenton Municipal Court. Jason E. Cothren age 36 of Long Beach Washington was arrested on charges of Giving False Information to Police, Theft II, a warrant out of Astoria Municipal Court, and a warrant out of Warrenton Municipal Court. Shawn M Pine, age 45 of Seaview Washington was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana. All three were taken to the Clatsop County Jail for arraignment and formal charges. Seaside Police did not have to look hard to find and arrest their latest burglary suspect as he was already in the Clatsop County Jail following a warrant arrest.
On November 30th, Seaside Police investigated a burglary that took place in the 1300 block of North Holladay. While the victim was out of town, the suspects entered her apartment taking a lap top with case, computer software, a watch, knife, and shoes. The victim provided officers with suspect information and assisted in the investigation.
Over the course of the next week, officers were able to gather enough information to identify two suspects. As the week progressed they recovered the computer software and watch taken in the burglary.
Based on witness statements and the recovered property, Brian A. Valdez age 28 of Seaside was charged with Burglary I and as he was already in the Clatsop County jail, he will remain there awaiting arraignment and formal charges. Seaside Police have asked the District Attorney's Office for a warrant for the second suspect who is no longer in the area. There investigation is continuing in an effort to recover additional stolen property.