Sheriff's deputies have returned thousands of dollars in stolen property to the rightful owners and made arrests in a series of burglaries and thefts in Eagle Point.
The break in the cases happened Monday when a property owner in the area of Yankee Creek and East Antelope roads discovered a Dodge Caravan pulling a trailer stuck in the middle of a cow pasture.
When the land owner, who was in the area to check on cattle, approached the suspicious van, the driver began making threats, Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.
The property owner fled the area and called 911, but not before noticing that several fence posts and fencing had been removed from the pasture.
Sheriff's deputies arrived and arrested Larry Freeman, 44, and Gina Keeler, 49, both of Medford.
They were charged with stealing the fence materials, which were found inside the trailer, authorities said.
In addition, other stolen property was found packed in the trailer. This property was related to three other open cases that took place on Monday on Dry Creek Road in Eagle Point.
The total amount of property taken in these thefts was valued at $7,000, investigators said. Some of the items included gates, bicycles, a heat pump and a refrigerator.
"We don't know why they took the specific items they did," Carlson said. "It was fairly random. We don't know if they intended to sell them."
The sheriff's office has now returned nearly every stolen item to the owners, Carlson said.
"In cases like this it's rare to have all the property returned to the victims," Carlson said. "Anytime we can do this, it's a good thing."
Freeman remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on two counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft, two counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, harassment and menacing. He is held on $25,000 bail.
Keeler was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree theft and second-degree trespassing. She was lodged in jail and has since been released.
Deputies are exploring the possibility that a third person was involved in the crimes, but provided no information about this person.
— Chris Conrad