A license plate caught by a surveillance camera led police to the doors of two men who allegedly swiped four power saws from the One West Main construction site Monday.

A license plate caught by a surveillance camera led police to the doors of two men who allegedly swiped four power saws from the One West Main construction site Monday.

Boyd Reese and Austin Ganey, both 19 and listed as transients by Medford police, were arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree theft by receiving. They were both released from the Jackson County Jail on their own recognizance, jail records show.

Medford police first investigated a theft report at 7:35 a.m. Monday. Adroit Construction reported four power saws had been stolen from the construction at 1 W. Main St. in downtown Medford. The stolen equipment was valued at an estimated $1,380.

Problems with graffiti at the city-owned Evergreen parking garage had prompted police to install security systems at the site. When police reviewed footage, they saw Reese and Ganey, the 1990 Ford Ranger they drove and the vehicle's license plate.

"Most surveillance systems could give us a good description of people and the vehicle, but to have the clarity to get the license plate is really what made this case," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "Cameras are now becoming such a useful tool for law enforcement."

The truck is registered to Reese, police said, and led detectives to 1040 E. Pine St. in Central Point where Reese had been staying. Police arrested him without incident and recovered three of the four stolen saws. The fourth had been taken to a pawn shop.

"We're in the process of recovering that now," Budreau said.

Detectives tracked Ganey to a home in the 1200 block of Withington Street in Medford at about 8 p.m. Monday and he was arrested there.

Both were lodged in the jail but have since been released.

— Ryan Pfeil