At about 11:25 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, Lincoln City Police officers responded to a suspicious person call in the southwest 3800 block of Highway 101. It was reported that a man was walking along the highway while carrying several surfboards. Officers located the man and identified him as 29-year-old Christian M. Berry, of California and Hawaii, and he was carrying several surfboards. When asked, Berry said he found the surfboards.
During the subsequent investigation, officers saw that the surfboards still had price stickers on them and that he was wearing two hats on his head. In addition, Berry had a wetsuit tied around his waist that still had tags on it. Berry was also found to be in possession of an acoustic guitar, wax, board fins and other items, many price-tag marked and surf related.
Other officers began checking the area and found the ZuhG Life Surf Shop, located at 3219 SW Highway 101, sold hats similar to the hats Berry was wearing. Examining the exterior of the business, officers located signs of illegal entry. The business owner was contacted, and he responded to the scene.
It was determined the business had been burglarized, and the owner verified that the surfboards and other items Berry was in possession of had been stolen from the shop. The recovered stolen items were valued at more than $2,000, and they were returned to ZuhG. Some of the items and a houseplant were slightly damaged by Berry during the incident.
Berry was subsequently arrested and transported to the Lincoln City Police Department on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree trespassing. The Lincoln County Jail was contacted, but due to their current COVID-19 prevention policies, they refused to intake Berry on the listed charges. Berry was issued citations for the listed charges and released from the police department.