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Woman accused of selling stolen rings

A Medford woman is facing charges after $20,000 worth of jewelry and watches was allegedly stolen from a parked vehicle.

Tanya Michelle Burke, 45, of the 2400 block of Finley Lane, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on two counts of first-degree theft but failed to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court. A warrant was issued for her arrest, according to court records.

On March 1, an employee in an industrial part of Medford along Sage Road reported $20,000 in rings, watches and jewelry were stolen from his vehicle when it was parked in his employer’s lot, according to a probable cause affidavit by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Burke was later identified selling stolen rings at King Wah restaurant on Court Street in Medford, the affidavit alleged.

In an indictment, Burke is charged with first-degree theft for allegedly receiving a case of rings, plus another charge of first-degree theft for allegedly selling property she knew had been stolen on or about March 10.

She was arrested on April 23, according to the affidavit.

Burke admitted to an investigator she was selling rings to support her drug habit, the affidavit said.

She said she obtained the rings from a third person, but knew they belonged to the victim, the affidavit said.

Burke was lodged in the Jackson County Jail but later released on her own recognizance.

Dating back to 1991, court records show her past convictions in Oregon include hindering prosecution, second-degree forgery, failure to appear in court, prostitution, driving uninsured and with a suspended license, giving false information to police, possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, third-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance and second-degree theft.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

Tanya Michelle Burke