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Burglars hit contruction sites throughout the area

Police are asking for the public's help to hammer some big-time tool nappers who recently hit construction sites in Medford, White City and Rogue River.

Three police agencies are investigating four thefts which cost local contractors tools and merchandise valued at about $40,000. All the crimes occurred during the last weekend in October, said Medford Police Lt. Tim Doney.

"They hit the job sites pretty hard," said Doney. "Our department has been in conversation with Rogue River police and the (Jackson County) sheriff's department."

Brotherton Pipeline, Inc. of Gold Hill reported their work trailer — filled with tools and equipment valued at $30,000 — was stolen from downtown Rogue River.

The work crew had left the trailer before leaving for a weekend hunting trip on Oct. 26. The trailer disappeared from its parking place in the center of town at some point during the weekend.

Police reports state the thieves apparently stole the work trailer by attaching it to a small truck that had extensive damage to the driver's side, said Rogue River Police Chief Ken Lewis.

Deer hunters subsequently discovered the stripped trailer on a logging road outside of Murphy, Lewis added.

Medford police are investigating thefts of tools from two Medford construction sites that occurred the same weekend.

Thieves broke into trailers and storage containers at the new Sportsman's Warehouse under construction at Highway 62 and Delta Waters Road late Oct. 28. The thieves stole tools as well as merchandise that would have gone into the new store, said Doney.

On Oct. 29, workers at the Medford Sports Park found someone had broken into their trailers and storage sheds over the weekend, taking tools and construction equipment, Doney said.

The Jackson County Sheriffs Department is also investigating a theft of tools which occurred in White City, Doney said. Calls for information regarding the White City thefts were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

Police request that anyone with information concerning these crimes call Crimestoppers at 1-800-3DETECT.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.