Stolen goods returned to Eagle Point owners

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 came Monday when a property owner in the area of Yankee Creek and East Antelope roads discovered a Dodge Caravan stuck in the middle of a cow pasture, where it was trying to towing a trailer.

When the landowner, who was in the area to check on cattle, approached the van, the driver began making threats, Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

The property owner left the area and called 911, but not before noticing that several fence posts and some 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.

When officers searched the trailer, Carlson said, they found other stolen property, which they connected to three thefts that took place Monday on Dry Creek Road in Eagle Point.

The total amount of property taken in those thefts was valued at $7,000, investigators said. 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 remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail Friday 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 was being 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 had no additional information.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.


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