With the help of Grants Pass police, two stolen cars and dozens of keys are back in the rightful hands of a Medford car lot.
Ira Dean Carney, 58, and Mistie Lee Vespoli, 41, are accused of breaking into Wright's Auto Sales at 920 N. Riverside Avenue on Tuesday morning and leaving with a Dodge Journey crossover SUV, a pickup and 32 sets of key fobs, court documents filed by Medford police say.
Carney, of Medford, and Vespoli, of Drain, were arraigned Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court on felony counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree burglary and first-degree theft. Carney also faces a misdemeanor meth-possession charge in the case.
Carney and Vespoli were arrested in Grants Pass on Tuesday, the same day that surveillance video captured them leaving the lot in separate vehicles.
Vespoli allegedly took the keys from the office that morning and drove off in the Dodge Journey, police say. Carney drove off in a pickup on the lot.
When police spotted the stolen vehicles in a Grants Pass driveway that afternoon, the bulk of the keys valued at approximately $7,000 were found in the Dodge's back seat.
Inside the house, others pointed detectives to Vespoli and Carney and told police the vehicles were stolen in Medford, court documents say, but the pair denied involvement.
Police, however, found the Dodge Journey's key in Vespoli's purse.
Carney remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail Friday afternoon on $125,000 bail on the listed charges and on warrants for failing to appear in court on pending vehicle-theft, forgery and drug-possession cases.
Vespoli remained lodged in jail without bail Friday afternoon on the listed charges, a warrant for failing to appear in court on a prior charge of felon in possession of a restricted weapon and an out-of-county warrant for violating terms of her probation in a prior meth-possession conviction.
— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.