Rogue River home robbery remains $171,000 mystery

ROGUE RIVER — More than $171,000 worth of property pilfered from a safe in a Rogue River house 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 house in the 9000 block of West 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-by-6-inch holes into the three-eighths of an inch thick walls of a gun safe with an electric saw.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said no other property in the house was disturbed.

They made off with 14 guns, which included rifles, shotguns and pistols, some ammunition, two Rolex watches, dozens of gold, platinum and silver coins and ingots, and thousands of dollars in cash. In all, the stolen property and cash is worth about $171,107, sheriff's officials reported.

"We've had a couple high-end dollar burglaries, (but) we don't see a lot with a value this high," Carlson said.

Serial numbers from 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 house that had been broken into, police are investigating the possibility that the burglars 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 1-800-850-0580.

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.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or

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