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Silver coins, jail bracelet found in stolen truck

Two men are in jail after Medford police found nearly $20,000 worth of stolen coins Tuesday in a stolen truck and a stash of heroin in a backpack. They also found a jail bracelet that belonged to one of the men.

Justin Ray Dodd, 30, and Garrett William Melton, 28, attempted to run from police Tuesday evening in Bear Creek Plaza after a Medford police officer became suspicious about a gold Chevrolet pickup parked near Bi-Mart.

The pickup had an altered temporary permit, a piece of paper covering the vehicle identification number on the dashboard and a tampered ignition switch, according to an affidavit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court. Police later determined the truck had been taken June 16 from Wright's Auto Sales.

Dodd, of the 700 block of East Nevada Street in Ashland, allegedly ran from one officer, but another captured him.

When he was caught in the 900 block of Biddle Road, Dodd was wearing a backpack that allegedly contained 100 grams of heroin. At the jail, Dodd allegedly admitted to police he had a "large amount" of heroin. When he was booked into the jail, police found two pills in his coin pocket for which he didn't have a prescription. Police determined them to be a Schedule III controlled substance.

When they searched the stolen truck, police allegedly found Dodd's jail bracelet inside. Behind the seat, police found a box of coins valued at $20,000, which had been reported stolen in a June 17 burglary, according to documents. Dodd had been released from the jail June 13 for an unrelated crime, court records showed.

Melton, no known address, was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday on a felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. He remained lodged in Jackson County Jail Thursday on $20,000 bail.

Melton has no prior felony convictions in Oregon, court records show.

Dodd was arraigned Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated first-degree theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, delivering heroin, manufacturing heroin, and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. He remained in jail Thursday on $100,000 bail.

Court records show Dodd has felony convictions for second-degree assault in 2003, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2009, and a string of open 2016 felony cases charging first- and second-degree burglary, third-degree assault, heroin possession, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree burglary. 

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

Garrett William Melton
Justin Ray Dodd