'Career criminal' wanted for break-ins

Robin Lee Workman, 55, of Gold Hill, has been identified by video and fingerprints in numerous thefts and burglaries in the valley

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is on the hunt for a man suspected of taking part in numerous burglaries and vehicle thefts in the Rogue Valley.

Gold Hill resident Robin Lee Workman, 55, has been identified as a suspect through video surveillance, witness statements and fingerprints left at crime scenes, investigators said. Workman has been tied to 14 cases from 2012, which includes incidents of fraud, motor vehicle theft, burglary and disorderly conduct, the Sheriff's Department reported.

"This is a career criminal that has been behaving in this manner for many years throughout Jackson County and has been in jail numerous times," sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Workman is linked to an April 16 theft at Northgate Auto Sales in Medford. Investigators suspect he cut a chain-link fence at the lot, smashed the rear driver's-side window of a 1997 Dodge Dakota and drove off. Central Point police later found the truck at a house in the 300 block of North Sixth Street. Residents told police Workman had taken the truck and left it there before police arrived.

Police officials said other crimes linked to Workman include an earlier break-in at Northgate Auto Sales in December 2012 — a 2004 Ford Ranger was stolen that time — and an attempted burglary of a shed in Central Point where he had help from an accomplice.

"There was an alarm that got activated and frightened the suspects away," Carlson said.

Workman also has several warrants out for his arrest that stem from his failure to make court appearances. A dollar amount on Workman's alleged crimes was not available, but Carlson added it's "quite a bit."

The Sheriff's Department and Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon are seeking help from the public to determine Workman's whereabouts — or any other pertinent information.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department tip line is 541-774-8333.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-850-0580.

A reward of up to $1,000 will be paid to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest. Callers can remain anonymous.

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

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