On October 2nd, 2019 at approximately 10:22 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a possible burglary at a vacation rental in the 4000 block of NE East Devils Lake Rd. The caller reported the keys to her vacation rental had been stolen in the Portland area earlier in the week and she now believed the residence to be occupied.
Deputies, assisted by the Lincoln City Police Department and Oregon State Police, responded to the residence and located a stolen Porsche SUV in the driveway. Deputies and officers surrounded the residence and gave verbal commands for the occupants to exit. 34 year-old Sarah Marie Brausen of Beaverton, Oregon exited the residence and was found to be in possession of the caller’s identification and credit cards.
Assisted by LCSO K-9 Bonni, deputies searched the residence for other suspects. 36 year-old Anthony Troy Brausen, also of Beaverton, was located in the basement and taken into custody without incident. Sarah and Anthony Brausen were found to be in possession of several identity documents belonging to other victims, burglary tools, document counterfeiting equipment, numerous purses and suitcases, and a handgun.
Sarah and Anthony Brausen were each charged with the following: Burglary in the 1st Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft in the 1st Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Forgery in the 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device, and Identity Theft. Their respective bails were set at $565,000.
The investigation is on-going, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be working with Portland area police agencies to identify additional victims. Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Tip Line at (541) 265-0669.