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Rogue Retreat Thrift Shop break-in highlights a bigger issue in Rogue Valley

Rogue Retreat Thrift Shop break-in highlights a bigger issue in Rogue Valley

Medford Police have arrested the woman who broke into the Rogue Retreat Thrift Shop Wednesday morning.

"We were kind shocked when the people opened up yesterday to find the thrift shop had been ransacked and somebody got in, and just had a party," says Executive Director Chad McComas.

Surveillance footage shows the woman throwing items all over the store.

McComas was there when the woman was taken in by police.

He says she's has a mental illness, and this break-in shows that there needs to be more done, for those who have a mental illness.

"It's getting harder and harder to find resources for these folks," says McComas. "There is no good place to take them, some of these folks have gotten to a point where they can't be by themselves, they are no longer safe to be by themselves."

Elizabeth Hazlewood is the Executive Director of Compass House, an organization that rallies for those with mental illnesses.

She says there needs to be more resources out there for people who need it.

"Mental health is one of the services that nation wide, is not well funded, especially in Oregon. We are not ranked high in mental health. "

According to a 2016 study done by Mental Health America, Oregon is one of the worst states in mental illness. It ranks 51'st.

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