Stolen UTV Recovery, May 2

CCSO release – Date / Time: May 1, 2024, 7:48 a.m.; Case Number(s): 2024-00010048; Classification: Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft by Receiving ; Location: Coos & Curry Counties; Suspect(s): Timothy S. Burkeen (52) / Joseph E. Gish IV (36); Exceptional investigation by Deputy leads to the recovery of stolen side-by-side and trailer. On May 1, 2024, at 7:48 a.m., Deputy H. Francis was on routine patrol on West Beaver Hill Lane near Seven Devils Road when she located a vehicle matching the description of one involved in the theft of a side-by-side and trailer from the city of Coos Bay on April 29, 2024. Deputy Francis’ diligent investigation led to the apprehension of Timothy S. Burkeen (52), the sole occupant of the pickup. Timothy confessed to having the side-by-side in his possession and leaving it near Hemlock Lane for another individual to collect. Deputy Francis arrested Timothy S. Burkeen (52) on the charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Theft by Receiving. Deputy Starr responded to the last known location of the side-by-side and trailer near Hemlock Lane and located the stolen trailer in the brush; however, the side-by-side was still outstanding. Mast Brothers Towing recovered the trailer. Further investigation by Deputy Francis led her to a residence on Hubbard Creek Lane in Curry County, where Joseph E. Gish IV (36) was contacted. Mr. Gish showed Deputies where the stolen side-by-side had been partly disassembled and put in a dump trailer. Mr. Gish claimed not to know the side-by-side was stolen. Deputy Francis had Mast Brothers Towing respond and recover the side-by-side and parts that had been removed. Joseph E. Gish IV (36) is being referred to the Coos County District Attorney’s Office on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Theft by Receiving.

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