Homeowners return home to find their Rogue River-area residence ransacked

Burglars pried open two safes, stole jewelry and a 'significant' amount of cash, sheriff's deputies report

Residents of a Rogue River-area home got back from an out-of-town trip to find their home ransacked throughout, with drawers overturned, doors open and contents scattered across the floor, Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.

"Everything was everywhere," said sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.

Police believe the home, in the 5600 block of Foothill Boulevard — listed as a Grants Pass address but still inside Jackson County — was burglarized sometime between Thursday, March 28, and Monday, April 1, when the owners returned.

Suspects broke into the home by smashing a window near the home's back door, according to a news release. The access door to the garage had also been pried open, damaging to the door and doorjamb.

The home was left in complete disarray, investigators said. Cupboards, drawers, and closets had been opened, the contents strewn across the floor. Two safes were pried open during the burglary. Details about the size and strength of the safes were not available, but police officials noted prying open any safe is no simple feat, regardless of its size.

Carlson said Wednesday the homeowners were still cleaning up the mess and that a final tally of items stolen and a dollar estimate of the loss caused by the break-in was not yet available. Several pieces of jewelry and a "significant" amount of money had been reported missing, the Sheriff's Department said.

Anyone who has information about the burglary should call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department tip line at 541-774-8333.

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

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