Police seek tips on Phoenix barn burglary

Saddles and tools among the items stolen on Jan. 5

PHOENIX — More than $6,000 worth of saddles, tools, battery chargers and other equipment that were stolen from a Phoenix barn nearly two weeks ago remain missing, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department issued a Crime Stoppers news release about the case Tuesday.

Deputies responded to a call about the burglary at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, in the 400 block of Hartley Road.

A suspect apparently broke in through a barn window, smashing it with a piece of metal wrapped in a sweatshirt. The suspect then reached in through the window and unlocked a door to enter. The homeowners didn't hear any noises during the night, investigators said.

"They locked everything up around 9 p.m. and came outside at 9:30 (the next morning) and noticed the broken window and the door open," Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Tools, battery chargers, batteries, a saw and several English- and Western-style riding saddles were taken from the barn.

The sweatshirt used in the break-in was taken for analysis. Investigators also looked for blood at the scene, in case the burglar got cut on broken glass, but found none.

Sheriff's deputies still are combing area pawnshops to see whether any of the items had been sold recently.

Anyone with information about the burglary should call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department tip line at 541-774-8333 or Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Callers can remain anonymous.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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