On November 28th, 2023 Newport Police were dispatched to the report of a subject breaking items and acting erratic in the 300 Block of NW Coast Street. Officers arrived in the area and began observing obvious fresh damage to businesses and residences in the area. Officers observed broken windows, broken flower pots, broken street signs, and other items broken or tampered with.
Multiple witnesses provided police with a description of the suspect and as Officers began searching the area they located and detained the suspect. The suspect was identified as Zachary Arrow Smith, 38 of Newport. Smith’s hands were all bloody and he was not wearing any shoes at the time of police contact.
Officers began canvasing the area and located additional businesses and residences that had been damaged and or accessed. During the event officers observed blood drops and smudges throughout the area, which led them to addition damage and victims. Officers located multiple businesses and residences Smith had either entered or attempted to enter. Smith was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for the following charges;
Burglary 1 x 2, Burglary 2, Criminal Trespass 1, Criminal Mischief 1 x 2, Criminal Mischief 2 x 9,
Criminal Mischief 3 x 4, Theft 3, and Disorderly Conduct. Due to the high number of vacation homes in the area, officers are continuing to search for property owners and additional victims.