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  • Thousands of dollars of stolen goods recovered

    Medford police serving search warrant for drugs discover $13,500 worth of stolen tools
  • Medford police serving a search warrant in a drug investigation recovered $13,500 worth of stolen property Tuesday at the home of a suspected methamphetamine dealer in Gold Hill.
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  • Medford police serving a search warrant in a drug investigation recovered $13,500 worth of stolen property Tuesday at the home of a suspected methamphetamine dealer in Gold Hill.
    Officers, including members of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement and SWAT teams, searched a home in the 10000 block of Blackwell Road in Gold Hill at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The warrant sought evidence of meth distribution and investigators found meth and a large variety of tools that had been reported stolen, Medford police said in a news release.
    Tommy James Loftis, 33, of Gold Hill, was arrested on five counts of each of first- and second-degree theft, and charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of methamphetamine, police said. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $65,000 bail.
    Loftis, the sole occupant at the home, was detained during the search, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. Police said they think Loftis was taking stolen property in trade for drugs, which they described as common.
    Detectives spent several hours going through the items found at the home and ultimately linked more than $13,500 worth of stolen property to thefts and burglaries in Jackson and Josephine counties, Budreau said. Recovered property included welders, drills, air compressors, chainsaws, weed trimmers and construction tools.
    Some of the recovered items had serial numbers, which helped police match them to their owners. Many did not, however.
    "It's just after a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work that we were able to link the property back to the owners," Budreau said.
    As of Wednesday morning, about $5,000 of the stolen property still has not been spoken for.
    Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Medford police Detective Bill Ford at 541-774-2236.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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