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Suspects sought in Ruch school burglary

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is looking for two people who recently broke into Ruch Elementary School at least twice.

They were caught on camera both times, and police are hoping the public will be able to help track them down.

"It's just really disappointing," said Medford School District spokeswoman Natalie Hurd. "To be burglarized is such a violation."

The sheriff's office declined to release how the pair — a man and a woman — got into the building, but Hurd said the school grounds are accessible after hours via an unlocked gate.

"Families come and walk the campus and hang out up there and utilize the fields for playing games," Hurd said. "They like to open up their facilities to the community."

The first incident occurred just before 4:30 a.m. Sept. 25, according to sheriff's Sgt. Julie Denney. The pair stole potted plants and more than $5,000 worth of construction equipment that belonged to a company doing seismic upgrades at the school.

"That was the majority in terms of monetary value," Hurd said of the equipment.

In the second break-in, which occurred in the late-morning hours of Oct. 1, the suspects raided the school's lost and found, stealing misplaced clothing and backpacks, Hurd said.

Both suspects were wearing dark clothing and sunglasses in surveillance images released by the sheriff's office. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff's tip line at 541-774-8333 and refer to case number 17-20466.

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

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department released surveillance photos of two people who twice broke into Ruch Elementary School.