A Medford couple arrested in a series of thefts near Eagle Point last spring are allegedly at it again. Sheriff's deputies arrested them on new theft charges on Wednesday.
The latest case against Larry Freeman, 44, and Gina Keeler, 49, began Wednesday after they reportedly entered a victim's yard in the 4000 block of Cascade Court in White City and stole $1,500 worth of items.
The victims in the case had advertised on Craigslist that they were giving away free items in their front yard. These items were clearly marked with a "free" sign, officials said.
Freeman and Keeler apparently entered the property through a backyard gate and stole wheelbarrows, vehicle parts, a truck rack and a baker's rack.
A witness provided Jackson County sheriff's deputies with a description of the suspects and their vehicle, and they were later stopped by law enforcement in Medford.
Deputies recovered most of the stolen items from the couple and local metal recyclers.
Freeman and Keeler were charged with first-degree theft, conspiracy to commit theft, second-degree criminal trespassing and littering.
They were lodged in the Jackson County Jail, but have since been released, jail records show.
Freeman and Keeler made news in April when they were tied to a series of thefts and break-ins around Eagle Point.
Sheriff's investigators charged them with theft and burglary after they were found with a trailer packed with stolen property.
They had allegedly stolen property from several residences on Dry Creek Road outside Eagle Point and were arrested after their getaway truck and trailer became stuck in a cow pasture near East Antelope Road.
They were charged with stealing fence materials, which were found inside the trailer, along with about $7,000 worth of other items, including gates, bicycles, a heat pump and a refrigerator, authorities said. The property was related to three other open cases that took place in Eagle Point during the same week in April.
Freeman and Keeler both have charges pending in those cases, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department wants to remind people to secure their residences, lock gates to yards and other areas around their homes. The agency has investigated several other thefts where the victims had advertised free items either in the newspaper or online, officials said.
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