Cash, coins, drugs, seized in raid on local motel room

January 21, 2003 11:00 pm
Detective Jerry Harwood of the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department displays some of the items seized when three Brookings-area juveniles were taken into custody. (Stephen M. Corley/ The Daily Triplicate).
Detective Jerry Harwood of the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department displays some of the items seized when three Brookings-area juveniles were taken into custody. (Stephen M. Corley/ The Daily Triplicate).

By Kent Gray

Triplicate staff writer

Three Oregon juveniles were arrested in Crescent City Tuesday with more than $3,000 in alleged stolen cash and silver.

The loot, reportedly from a Brookings residential burglary, was headed for one of the local casinos, said Detective Jerry Harwood of the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department.

Harwood said he became suspicious when he saw one of the group in the rain at 4 a.m.

"I observed what appeared to be a juvenile female walking in the rain with just a light shirt and slacks on at four in the morning. She wasn't dressed for the weather," Harwood said.

After stopping the girl and inquiring where she was from, she told Harwood she was staying at a local motel.

"She wasn't staying at the motel she claimed," Harwood said. "So I went down to the next one ... I watched her room from across the street and saw some activity, with people coming and going."

The female and two males, all 17 years old, were accompanied by an adult male, Joshua Ray Gillespie, 18, of Brookings.

When Harwood investigated further, he said he found one of the juveniles in possession of several hundred dollars worth of silver coins and silver bars. Also discovered was more than $3,000 in cash. The boy had inconsistent statements about the origin of the money, Harwood said.

The juveniles were charged with possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. Gillespie was charged with possession of paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Since the suspects and the crimes were all out of Brookings, Harwood said the Brookings Police Department was contacted to take over the case.