Lincoln City Police and a Lincoln County Sheriff K9 unit chased and arrested a man who allegedly stole multiple packages in Lincoln City, Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Nicholas Alan Ballentine, 32, of Lincoln City, was suspected of stealing packages from a residence near the area of NW 26th Street & NW Jetty Avenue after police received a call describing Ballentine running towards the beach with packages in his arms that the caller believed had been stolen.
Lincoln City officers knew Ballentine had an active no-bail felony warrant for parole violation issued by the Oregon State Parole Board. Lincoln Co. Sheriff Deputy Zach Akin and K9 Ghost were called in to assist with the hunt for Ballentine.
The search for Ballentine led down to the beach behind Pelican Shores Inn, where he was spotted and a brief chase ensued. As Ballentine ran north on the beach, officers and K9 Ghost yelled for him to stop. After a short foot pursuit, Ballentine complied with commands and was taken into custody.
According to Lincoln City Police, Ballentine was found with methamphetamine and a small amount of Psilocybin mushrooms at the time of arrest.
Ballantine was escorted to a patrol car and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the felony parole violation warrant, burglary, and possession of meth and psilocybin.
A backpack that Ballentine was wearing at the time of his arrest was seized for evidence and the investigation into the suspected theft of packages is continuing. Anyone living in the general area where Ballentine was seen running who is missing packages that had been delivered is asked to contact Officer Erik Anderson at 541-994-3636.
Lincoln City Police thanked the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with the incident, along with a special thank you to Deputy Akin and K-9 Ghost for their help in locating and capturing the suspect.