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'Crimes were driven by methamphetamine'

Five people were arrested Friday on theft and burglary charges for reportedly breaking into a home on Hillcrest Road in Medford this month while the resident was on vacation, police said.

One of the suspects Jose Manuel Macias, 17, also was linked to an armed burglary of a home in the 100 block of Garden Row in Gold Hill on Jan. 27, Jackson County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan said.

"These crimes were driven by methamphetamine," Fagan said.

The suspects allegedly broke into the Hillcrest Road home on Feb. 4 and were stealing electronics, tools and jewelry when the resident's brother, who was charged with overseeing the home while the resident was on vacation, interrupted the burglary.

The man, who is the resident's brother, hid in a downstairs bathroom and dialed 9-1-1. The suspects remained upstairs debating on whether to shoot the man with a gun they found upstairs, Fagan said.

"They were trying to match bullets to the weapon when better judgment took over and they smashed out a window and escaped," Fagan said.

The home belonged to the grandfather of Paula Lee, 17, who was arrested Friday on first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and conspiracy to commit both first-degree burglary and theft.

Lisa Tinoco-Marsh, 36, and Dustin Groncki, 17, face the same charges. In addition, Groncki was charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

Macias also is suspected of breaking into a Gold Hill home while the resident was asleep. He and accomplice Rodney Timothy Redondo, 20, ordered the woman onto the floor at gunpoint.

They then loaded the victim's property into a duffle bag and fled. The victim runs an Internet sales business out of her home, Fagan said.

Macias and Redondo remain lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. Both were held without bail because of probation violation charges stemming from prior robbery convictions.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.