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Palm print on window leads to aggravated theft arrests

A palm print allegedly left behind during a November Phoenix area burglary led police to a Medford apartment and the arrest Thursday of two suspects.

Brandin Gregory McConkey, 35, faces felony burglary and vehicle theft charges, and Gina Marie Messenger, 30, is charged with aggravated theft and felon in possession of a firearm following a Nov. 11 burglary in which roughly $40,000 worth of property was reported stolen, according to Jackson County Circuit Court documents and a news release issued Thursday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Last month, Phoenix police took a report of a burglary in the 4100 block of Coal Mine Road, according to court documents. Stolen property included five rolls of 1964 Kennedy half-dollars, five firearms, jewelry, checkbooks among other personal documents.

A sheriff’s office community service deputy found a palm print on the inside of a garage window where the burglars gained entry, according to police. A fingerprint expert said the left palm print belonged to McConkey.

On Wednesday, a judge granted a search warrant for McConkey and Messenger’s apartment in the 100 block of Northridge Terrace in Medford, and McConkey and Messenger were arrested Thursday morning.

Police say they found the victim’s golf clubs, jewelry and a checkbook inside the apartment.

When questioned by police, McConkey allegedly admitted taking items from the house, but reportedly told police that the house had already been burglarized by the time they arrived.

McConkey claimed he stole food from the house, a set of golf clubs and a small safe containing jewelry and personal documents that had already been drilled open by the time he arrived.

McConkey and Messenger made their initial court appearances Friday on the burglary-related charges, along with counts of identity theft and theft stemming from a different incident earlier last summer.

McConkey also faces charges accusing him of delivering and possessing more than 50 grams of heroin, court records show.

On Friday afternoon, McConkey was held in the Jackson County Jail on $42,500 bail, while Messenger was held on $30,000 bail.

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

Brandin Gregory McConkey, left, and Gina Marie Messenger.