Lincoln City Police
Emergency Messages as of 8:26 pm, Fri. Mar. 1
No information currently posted.
News Release
Former Pelican Brewing Employee Arrested After Investigation Into Reported Robbery (Photo) - 10/16/23

On July 31, 2023 at about 9:00 AM, Lincoln City Police responded to the Pelican Brewing restaurant after receiving a report from an employee, Denali Cox, stating she was robbed outside the restaurant. Officers responded to the area and began an extensive area search for the described suspect, but no suspect was located. The employee reported she was taking a deposit for the restaurant to the bank when a suspect accosted her and stole the deposit bag containing an undisclosed large amount of monies and receipts. The suspect was reported to have fled the area on foot. 

Lincoln City Police Detectives responded and began investigating the incident. After several months of rigorous and thorough investigation of the incident, the detectives were unable to substantiate the reported robbery and it appeared the report was a ruse to cover a theft of monies from the restaurant by the employee. On September 28, 2023 the case investigation was presented to a Lincoln County Grand Jury for review. After reviewing the information, the Grand Jury issued an indictment for the arrest of 34-year-old Denali Cox for the crimes of Aggravated Theft 1, a class B Felony and Filing a False Police Report, a class A Misdemeanor.    

Ms. Cox had moved to Maui, Hawaii two days after the reported robbery. Lincoln City Police Detectives contacted Maui law enforcement authorities and advised them of the felony warrant for the arrest of Denali Cox. On October 11, 2023, local Maui law enforcement authorities served the warrant on Denali Cox arresting her and transporting her to their local jail. Ms. Cox is currently in custody awaiting extradition back to Oregon.      

Submitted by:  Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

Attached Media Files: cuffs.jpg
View more news releases from Lincoln City Police.