More than $171,000 worth of property pilfered from a safe in a Rogue River home between mid-April and early May has not been recovered, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department wants the public's help in tracking it down.
A burglar or burglars got into a home in the 9000 block of East Evans Creek Road, entering through a basement door sometime between April 12 and May 2 while the homeowners were out of town, the sheriff's department reported. Once inside, the burglars cut two 5 inch by 6 inch holes into a gun safe with some kind of electric saw. Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said the safe's wall was three-eighths of an inch thick. No other property in the home was disturbed.
They made off with 14 guns, which include rifles, shotguns and pistols, some ammunition, two Rolex watches, dozens of gold, platinum and silver coins and ingots, and thousands of dollars in cash. All told, the stolen property and cash is worth about $171,107, sheriff's department officials reported.
"We've had a couple high-end dollar burglaries like this, (but) we don't see a lot with a value this high," Carlson said.
Serial numbers of the stolen firearms have been entered into federal and state databases, but no hits have come back yet. Because the safe was the only place in the home that had been broken into, police are investigating the possibility that suspects know the victims.
"It's something we're still looking into," Carlson said.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon are seeking help in obtaining information about the suspects and stolen property. Anyone with information should call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department tip line at 541-774-8333, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-850-0850. Crime Stoppers offers up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case — or other ongoing investigations. Callers can remain anonymous.
— Ryan Pfeil