A Medford man irked at two recent thefts of a wedding-ring set and landscaping equipment went on a mission to find his stolen items at local pawn shops.
Not only did he find most of his belongings, but his discoveries and cooperation from pawn-shop owners led to the identification and arrest Friday of three alleged thieves.
The 42-year-old man's own vigilance is something other property-crime victims could do well to emulate, investigators said.
"They will be able to recognize their property long before we do," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "Especially things like jewelry. How do you describe jewelry?"
Taken into custody Friday were 19-year-old Jaimey Scott Faber, 20-year-old Ashley Nicole Delong and 19-year-old Tyler James Atler, police said.
Faber was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on one count of second-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree theft, court records show. He was returned to the Jackson County Jail, where he was listed Monday as being held without bail, records show.
Atler was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court on two counts of first-degree theft, records show.
Delong, of the 2000 block of Table Rock Road, Medford, was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and theft by receiving stolen items, police said. She was not arraigned Monday, but she has pending a charge of identity theft from a July arraignment, records show.
Police interviewed and arrested the trio Friday at the Jackson County Jail after learning Jackson County sheriff's deputies had taken them into custody on unrelated matters earlier that day, police said.
Faber, of the 1400 block of South Obenchain Road, Eagle Point, was initially arrested by sheriff's deputies on charges of interfering with a police officer and for a probation violation on a previous identity theft conviction, jail records show.
Atler, of the 300 block of Candis Drive, Eagle Point, was initially arrested for failing to appear on an identity theft charge.
The victim, who lives in the 2600 block of Crater Lake Avenue, reported the theft of his wedding rings on Aug. 15 from his residence during a burglary in which there was no forced entry, police said.
Early last week he reported the theft of two chainsaws and a gas leaf blower.
The victim late last week found his wedding-ring set at Southern Oregon Pawn, 1234 Court St., Medford. Then on Friday he found one of his chainsaws and the leaf blower, together valued at $1,500, at Central Point Pawn LLC, at 232 E. Pine St., Central Point, police said. The second chainsaw already had been sold from the shop, police said.
Police used information from the shops to identify the trio as their suspects, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
Police hope to use pawn-shop records to find and return that missing chainsaw, Budreau said.
Budreau said Medford police have a fairly good relationship with pawn-shop owners who are also victims in cases like this.
"They take a loss when we have to seize those items and return them to their owners," Budreau said.
Police check new inventory as it enters pawn shops to look for stolen items, but the stolen items often are just described, with no serial numbers for quick verification, Budreau said.He advises people protect themselves from being a victim by taking precautions and locking up valuables.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mandy Valencia also contributed to this report.