Police have arrested two admitted heroin addicts who allegedly stormed a Medford house at gunpoint early Tuesday to rob a woman whose companion had been lured away by a 16-year-old accomplice.
Taken into custody on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree theft were Duanne Allyn Weakly and Russell Allen Reedy, both 24-year-old transients, according to the Medford Police Department.
Also arrested was a 16-year-old transient girl who was lodged at the Juvenile Detention Hall on identical charges, police said.
The case began shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on the 600 block of Berrydale Avenue. A 20-year-old male resident left the house to give the 16-year-old a ride, while a 23-year-old woman stayed behind, police said.
Shortly afterward, the woman heard a knock at the door. She discovered a man she recognized by the nickname of "Lupy" and opened the door, police said. When she told the man to leave, a second man with his face covered and carrying what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun stormed inside and ordered the woman onto the ground, police said.
The men took her cellphone, a laptop computer, a Samsung tablet and a safe containing a .22-caliber pistol and cash before fleeing, police said. The total loss was about $2,000.
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said police have a cache of street nicknames on file and quickly identified Weakly, who has "Lupy" tattooed on a hand. They were then led to Reedy, he said.
"We got both of those guys identified right off the bat," Budreau said.
Detectives found Weakly Tuesday night at a southeast Medford motel and arrested him, then found Reedy Wednesday evening near the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Lozier Lane, Budreau said.
Reedy and Weakly admitted their involvement and said it was spurred by their heroin addictions, police said.
"It was the heroin that caused them to get to that desperate state," Budreau said.
Detectives also learned that the robbers used the teenage girl to lure the man out of the house and give the robbers details on who was in the house before they entered, police said.
Detectives telephoned the girl, who surrendered Wednesday evening at the police department, Budreau said.
Only the Samsung tablet was recovered. The remaining property was traded for narcotics, Budreau said.
"It's very difficult to track items traded for drugs because they can change hands several times rather quickly," Budreau said. "They're used, basically, as currency on the black market."
The suspects told detectives that Weakly carried only the stock of a rifle or shotgun during the robbery, but no weapon was recovered and detectives were unable to verify that claim, Budreau said.
"We don't know what the deal with the gun is, but the victim sure thought it was a sawed-off shotgun," Budreau said.
Reedy also was wanted on drug, identity theft and forgery warrants and was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1.1 million bail. Weakly was wanted on a parole violation for a previous burglary conviction and was lodged in jail without bail.
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