Suspects nabbed in industrial burglaries
Two men contacted by police near where an industrial business was burglarized last weekend have been captured in connection to a string of recent break-ins.
Jesse Michael Dornath, 24, of the 3300 block of Eucalyptus Drive in Medford and Andrew Kyle Beck, 21, of the first block of Freeman Road in Central Point, have been arrested in connection with the break-ins of at least eight businesses and a vehicle along Sage Road, with losses and damage valued at several thousand dollars, according to a press release issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday evening.
Dornath and Beck were found walking in the 2100 block of Sage Road where a business alarm was tripped early Sunday morning near Huttig Building Products and Far West Steel, according to court documents filed by the sheriff’s office. The men were identified Sunday, but not apprehended because the extent of the crimes they are now suspected of committing was not known at the time, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police said burglars entered the Sage Road business by throwing a large rock through a window.
A search warrant executed at Beck’s home Tuesday yielded property that matched items reported stolen from other businesses, including: two-way radios, a digital camera, a Puma backpack and a wireless headset for desk phones, the sheriff’s office said.
As of midday Wednesday, Beck remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $60,000 bail on three charges of second-degree burglary, four charges of first-degree criminal mischief, and misdemeanor charges of second- and third-degree theft.
Beck faces felony charges including three counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of first-degree criminal mischief, along with five misdemeanor counts of second-degree criminal mischief and counts of second- and third-degree theft. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say additional charges may be added as police continue to investigate.
Court records showed no prior criminal history for Beck in Jackson County.
Dornath was booked in the Jackson County Jail after 7 p.m. Wednesday, where he was held without bail on felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree burglary, and for violating his probation by being in possession of a restricted weapon, jail records show. Court records show Dornath has no prior criminal history in Jackson County, though he was previously convicted of identity theft and second-degree theft in a 2014 Coos County case.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 541-776-7206 and reference case 18-7358.
Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.