Suspects arrested after theft of $100,000 in gold coins
Medford police have arrested several suspects in a case that involved car chases, a pistol-whipping, a suspect hiding out in an Airbnb and the reported theft of $100,000 in gold coins, cash and electronics from a couple in a motel room.
A third robber remains unidentified, and the investigation is continuing.
But Medford police reported Thursday morning they had arrested Sadele Threets on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated theft in connection with the hotel room robbery.
Threets, 30, is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $230,000 bail, according to jail records.
Police also arrested Dustin Joseph Mack, 30, on charges of first-degree robbery, third-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, reckless driving and eluding. He is being held on $160,000 bail.
Others were also arrested after police captured suspects allegedly helping to sell the gold coins at local coin shops.
Matthew Michael Andress, 35, was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, distribution of heroin and a probation violation for a previous drug conviction. He is being held in jail without bail for the probation violation.
Mariha Lynn Mack, 24, is being held on $27,500 bail on charges of probation violations for past convictions for drug and possession of a forged instrument charges.
Michelle Christine Kleiser, 37, has been charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and supplying contraband. She is being held on $25,000 bail.
The case began Oct. 11, when a 28-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend reported they had been robbed at gunpoint in their motel room at Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, 1015 S. Riverside Ave., Medford.
The couple reported that three suspects, including one armed with a gun, entered their motel room, pistol-whipped the boyfriend, stole more than $100,000 in gold coins, cash and electronics, and then jumped in a 2008 Volkswagen SUV in the parking lot.
The victim couple said they attempted to block the suspects in with their vehicle, but the suspect vehicle rammed them, then fled the parking lot. The victim couple chased the suspects, but crashed during the chase and their vehicle became disabled near East Main Street and Eastwood Avenue.
Witnesses attempted to follow the suspects but lost the vehicle, police said.
On Oct. 12, the suspect vehicle was found in the 2700 block of Payne Road in Phoenix after a citizen called it in as suspicious. The vehicle was unoccupied and seized for evidence, police said.
During their investigation, detectives identified Threets and Mack as suspects. They believe Threets was the one armed with a handgun during the robbery.
On Oct. 16 at about 3 p.m., Medford detectives were alerted to individuals attempting to sell gold coins at various local coin stores. The coins matched the unique coins stolen during the robbery, police said.
Detectives conducted surveillance and located suspects near Eighth and Grape streets leaving a local coin store. They followed two vehicles as they drove away together. While the vehicles were stopped in traffic on McAndrews Road west of Biddle Road, a Medford police officer and two detective vehicles attempted to box them in, police said.
One vehicle fled and the other remained on scene. Mariha Lynn Mack, the driver of the vehicle that remained stopped, was arrested on warrants.
The fleeing vehicle, a 2006 Mercedes 230, eluded officers northbound on Biddle Road while using the southbound lanes of travel. Officers flooded the area but lost the vehicle on Poplar Drive between Progress Drive and Highway 62.
Police said various witnesses pointed out three subjects running in an eastbound direction. Officers were eventually able to capture three suspects on Steelhead Run Drive, off of Corona Avenue. They arrested Dustin Mack, Andress and Kleiser. All had outstanding warrants and Dustin Mack was wanted for the original robbery.
The vehicle that had eluded police was located in the 2100 block of Poplar Drive and towed for evidence.
The investigation led detectives to the 3000 block of Lone Pine Road in east Medford, where they believed Threets was residing in an Airbnb vacation rental. They conducted surveillance on the house and saw Threets leave and get into an Uber ride-share vehicle, police said.
The Uber was stopped on McAndrews Road and Ross Lane. Threets was arrested without incident and was allegedly in possession of property stolen in the robbery. The gun was not recovered, police said.
Approximately half of the $100,000 in gold coins have been recovered, police said.
Police could not be reached immediately for comment on why the victim couple had more than $100,000 in gold coins, cash and electronics in the Medford motel room.