Asuspected mail thief tipped off by a stack of uncollected mail is accused of burglarizing a Medford home while the residents were on vacation, investigators say.
Medford police arrested Patrick Shawn Munn, 52, Wednesday on charges of first-degree burglary and theft, aggravated first-degree theft, identity theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained Thursday on $75,000 bail.
He is suspected of ransacking a home in the 3000 block of Starwood Court, stealing a car, a truck, jewelry, golf clubs, fishing gear, a laptop, cameras, rifles and financial records.
The couple who live at the house returned from a 10-day vacation Monday to discover the crime.
On Wednesday, police found some of the stolen property at a local pawn shop, and using the shop's records, identified the people who had pawned the items. The investigation led to Munn's home in the 100 block of Elk Street in Medford.
After getting a warrant, police found the bulk of the stolen property there. The two stolen vehicles, a BMW and Chevy truck, were found parked under car covers on Seroba Circle and Lars Way. Police arrested Munn, who they suspect was under the influence of methamphetamine during the burglary, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
Investigators suspect Munn was swiping mail in the neighborhood when he came across a particular mailbox with a significant amount of mail inside. The couple had requested a temporary hold on their mail, but mail continued to come anyway, police said.
"This suspect unfortunately took it up a level," Budreau said.
After breaking in and hauling away more than $40,000 worth of property, Munn also apparently used the couple's credit cards at several locations across Medford before the theft was discovered and reported, detectives said.
Budreau said people suspected of helping Munn pawn the stolen property could be charged.
About 95 percent of the stolen property has been recovered, including an electronic picture frame Munn had set up in his home with his own photos on display, police said.
"There's enough property to entirely fill up a sedan," Budreau said. "The list of recovered property is going to be quite substantial."
Police said homeowners should make sure mail does not pile up while they are away.
"You're going to want to stop mail delivery and newspaper delivery (while you're gone)," Budreau said. "These are just the type of things thieves will look for when they're looking to burglarize a home."
Court records show Munn does not have a criminal history in Oregon prior to this arrest.
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