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OSP Traffic Stop Helping to Solve Curry County Burglaries and Mail Thefts
Sergeant Scott Punch
Oregon State Police - Gold Beach
(541) 247-6641 ext. 222

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop over the New Year's holiday weekend in the Brookings' area has led to the solving of numerous residential burglaries, mail thefts, and ID theft cases.
On January 2, 2010 at approximately 12:50 a.m. OSP Trooper Byron Spini stopped a possible intoxicated driver in a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta. The car had two occupants identified as driver RENEE YVONNE SCHMACHER, age 47, and passenger STEVEN JOHN SPECHT, age 23, both from Brookings. Subsequent investigation led to SCHMACHER's arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and the discovery inside the car of nearly two ounces of Methamphetamine, evidence associated with illegal drug distribution, and a concealed loaded firearm.
Prior to the traffic stop, SPECHT, who is a convicted felon, was seen driving the car. SPECHT was also arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession, Distribution, and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance. During the arrest he was found in possession of stolen credit cards.
Trooper Spini's ongoing investigation led to a search warrant being issued for a vehicle search. While executing the search warrant on January 5th, the trooper found a woman's purse, stolen jewelry, stolen antique coins and credit cards, and numerous pieces of mail belonging to other people.
Evidence obtained since the original traffic stop has helped solve four residential burglaries and 36 cases of mail theft. Most of the crimes were previously reported to area law enforcement agencies. Additional charges against SCHMACHER and SPECHT are pending.
Trooper Spini is one of OSP's newest members at the Gold Beach office after he was hired through the Career Officer Lateral Entry Employment Program. Prior to joining OSP, he worked for Brookings Police Department and Curry County Sheriff's Office.