Four arrested in burglary case

Suspects who allegedly made off with guns, a car, medications, jewelry and electronics in a Medford burglary last week have been arrested and are held in the Jackson County Jail on numerous charges.

Cameron Gentry, 21, Benjamin Gunn, 22, and Kayla Williams, 22, are held on charges of first-degree burglary, four counts of first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Their bail amounts are set at $50,000, $15,000 and $25,000, respectively.

Justin Brewer, 27, is also held in the jail on charges of manufacture, delivery and possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and several warrants stemming from past drug cases. Police said additional theft and burglary charges are pending with him.

"The possession charges are rather straightforward, easier to prove," said Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police.

Police said the residents of a home in the 2700 block of Hawaiian Avenue were out of town when the burglary occurred on June 22. The suspects broke in through a back window and made off with five guns, the medications, makeup, jewelry and electronics, including televisions and computers. They also stole a 2006 Kia Sorento that was parked in the driveway. The total property stolen exceeded $15,000 in value.

Police spotted the stolen Kia two days later in the parking lot of Chase Bank, 601 Crater Lake Ave. Gentry, Gunn and Williams were in the car, along with 21-year-old Devon Poff, arrested last month for allegedly firing three shots during a dispute about a car in a north Medford neighborhood.

Officers searched the vehicle and found two of the stolen guns, a 12-gauge shotgun and M77 rifle, TVs, computer equipment and other miscellaneous items, Budreau said. Gentry, Gunn and Williams confessed to their involvement in the burglary, saying they knew the victims were out of town, police said. Poff was not involved, but police arrested him on outstanding warrants stemming from failure to appear charges. He is no longer listed in the jail. Gentry is also a suspect from another March burglary case where he allegedly made off with jewelry and medication from two homes in the 2900 block of Shasta Drive.

Police later issued a search warrant at the Valli Hai Motel, 1034 Court St., where they found Justin Brewer, along with nearly four grams of heroin, a gram of methamphetamine and money. Investigators also recovered a shotgun and laptop computer, both taken in the June 22 burglary. Authorities believe Brewer took the items for trade.

"What happens to the property, most often, it gets traded for quick cash, or traded for drugs," Budreau said.

A 20-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber rifle have not been recovered, along with some jewelry.

"Jewelry's tough," Budreau said. "They're small items of high value that are difficult to track."

— Ryan Pfeil


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