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Three people arrested after a man hunts down his stolen property

Medford police arrested three people on burglary and theft charges after a a man went to two pawn shops and tracked down tools and wedding rings that had been stolen from him.

A Medford man on a mission to get his stolen property back found the missing items in two local pawn shops, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. With the cooperation of the pawn shops, investigators identified three people who had pawned the items.

Police arrested Jaimey Scott Faber, 19; Ashley Nicole Delong, 20; and Tyler James Atler, 19, on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and theft by receiving. Medford police said the Jackson County Sheriff's Department had taken the three into custody Friday on other, unrelated charges.

In the Medford case, a man reported the theft of his wedding rings on Aug. 15 from the 2600 block of Crater Lake Avenue. There was no forced entry, but weeks later, between Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, the man reported the theft of two chainsaws and a gas leaf-blower, Budreau said.

Determined to get his things back, the man began checking local pawn shops, police said. He found his wedding ring set, valued at $2,000, at Southern Oregon Pawn, 1234 Court St., Medford. Then on Oct. 5, the man found one of his chainsaws and the leaf blower, valued at $1,500, at Central Point Pawn LLC, 232 E. Pine St. A second STIHL chainsaw already had been sold from the shop.

Police were able to use information obtained from the shops to make the arrests.

Budreau said that burglaries are up 32 percent from last year, with 293 cases reported from January through July, compared with 221 cases during the same time period in 2011. Budreau advises people protect themselves from being a victim by taking precautions and locking up valuables.

— Mandy Valencia