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  • Convicted thief arrested in string of gun, ID crimes

  • A Medford man is back in custody less than three months after being linked to three residential burglaries in which firearms were stolen.
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  • A Medford man is back in custody less than three months after being linked to three residential burglaries in which firearms were stolen.
    Shawn Francis Farrell, 31, faces new charges of identity theft, second-degree forgery and second-degree theft, Jackson County Circuit Court records show.
    Farrell, of the 1600 block of Magnolia Avenue, was convicted in July of two counts of identity theft and two counts of second-degree theft after police arrested him for breaking into three homes and stealing firearms and personal documents.
    A first-degree burglary charge was dropped in this previous case. Farrell was placed on two years supervised probation and required to pay restitution to the victims, court records show.
    However, he was back to his old ways in less than three months, Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz said.
    "He fell pretty fast," Markiewicz said. "This was interesting because he had no criminal history prior to this."
    The burglaries were reported on Crowfoot Road in Eagle Point, Pioneer Road in Medford and Fielder Lane in Rogue River. A total of seven firearms and documents with the victims' personal information were stolen from the homes.
    Investigators identified Farrell as a suspect after he had pawned several of the stolen firearms. They were able to recover five of the seven stolen firearms. Farrell also tried to access a victim's banking information at a Medford bank, which has prompted an additional investigation.
    The latest forgery and identity theft case came to light following Farrell's conviction on the previous crimes. Farrell was found with personal documents belonging to additional victims, Markiewicz said.
    He received a sanction for violating his probation, meaning he has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.
    Farrell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the new crimes on Oct. 14, court records show.
    Reach Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or cconrad@mailtribune.com. Receive daily updates on Southern Oregon crime at twitter.com/mtcrimebeat
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