Three Bend residents were arrested Friday and Saturday as part of a shoplifting investigation that began with a report of items stolen at Costco.
The store contacted Bend Police on Friday afternoon, and the police investigation lead to the arrest of Ronald E. Lowery, 31, on a charge of first-degree theft later in the day. Police then obtained a warrant to search Lowery’s home on Northeast Desert Willow Court, where they located two people wanted on outstanding warrants shortly after midnight.
At Lowery’s home, officers arrested Jordan Gress, 23, who was wanted for failing to appear in court to answer to a parole violation, and Jason E. Briese, 30, who was wanted on two failure to appear warrants and was also charged with frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.
Police seized a shotgun from Briese, a second firearm, methamphetamine, marijuana, and items stolen from Costco.
As of Saturday, Gress and Briese were being lodged at the Deschutes County jail.
— From staff reports