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GP couple arrested at Country Crossings gate

A Grants Pass couple eager for a night with Jake Owen in Central Point ended up in jail instead, on charges alleging they stole money for their Country Crossings Music Festival tickets from an elderly man.

Martha Mary Coghill, 48, and her husband, Donald Leroy Coghill Jr., 55, were arrested Thursday night at the festival gates and booked in the Jackson County Jail on felony charges they stole more than $50,000 from an 83-year-old Grants Pass man over a two-year period, according to Oregon State Police.

Martha Coghill had worked as the victim's caregiver, according to police. 

The arrest followed a five-month investigation between OSP and the Department of Human Services, which determined that Martha Coghill and her husband had been stealing from the man using his credit card and checking account information. Among the unauthorized purchases were veterinarian bills, utility bills, mobile phone service, liquor, the concert tickets and a used car from a local dealership, police said in a news release.

The arrest at the festival was orchestrated between OSP and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and the pair was taken into custody as they attempted to enter the festival with tickets they'd allegedly bought with the victim's money.

A Josephine County grand jury charged Martha Coghill Wednesday with five felony counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, three felony counts of aggravated first-degree theft and two counts of first-degree theft.

Donald Coghill was charged with a single felony count of first-degree theft, according to the release.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Martha and Donald Coghill Jr.