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Neighbors help stop attempted Gold Hill burglary

A residential burglary in Gold Hill was thwarted Thursday when neighbors caught two suspects in the act and relayed their escape route and descriptions to police.

Eagle Point resident Rex Stansell, 50 was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, criminal trespass, possession of burglar's tools and carrying a concealed weapon.

Melissa Crandell, 35, of Central Point, was arrested for first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree theft. Both were booked in the Jackson County Jail and later released.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a call about a burglary in progress at 6:42 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of North Sixth Avenue, according to a news release. Witnesses told responders a man and woman had just broken into a house while the residents were away and fled. They pointed out the direction the suspects had run, and deputies gave chase.

Police received additional information along the way, including the type of clothing the suspects wore and the type of backpacks they carried, officials said.

"They received quite a bit of help from neighbors in the area," sheriff's department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

The suspects were apprehended by about 7:30 p.m. Stansell was caught in a forested area near Second Street. Police found Crandell hiding in a crawlspace off Gustaf Street.

Carlson said police are still going through all the items taken, but have recovered collectible coins and antique serving dishes.

"Items you would find in a hope chest," Carlson said.

Several additional backpacks filled with stolen items were found in the burglarized house, officials said. Deputies also recovered several tools believed to have been used in the burglary, including wrenches, screwdrivers, multi-tools and flashlights.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Melissa Crandell