Weekend long construction tool heist


Four men are believed to be involved in the attempted burglary of four different equipment rental companies that happened last weekend, beginning on Friday, December 7, 2018 until Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Medford Police were dispatched last Sunday after an alarm was triggered at a construction equipment rental company. The following Monday MPD received three more calls about burglaries in similar businesses.

Surveillance video captured three Hispanic males entering the locations by force while another stayed with the vehicles. The suspects are organized and appeared to be experienced.

Two vehicles were used in all four burglary attempts one of which was a mid-2000’s dark Ford Econoline van. The van in question has a Ford emblem in the middle of the grill, the front plate is in the middle bumper and the back plate is in the right rear cargo door.

The suspects cut cyclone fencing to enter the area of business and cut through a roll up door, they also removed windows and doors to force entry.

The suspects cut the east-side of the fence behind the business, left tin snips and covered the hole they crated after the burglary at the Peterson Cat Equipment Rental on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at approximately 7:30 p.m. The total value of what was taken is estimated at $50,000.00.

“We know that they were here throughout the weekend so there is a possibility that they still are in our area in southern Oregon and obviously we would love to figure out who they are and hold them responsible,” Lieutenant Justin Ivens of the Medford Police Department said.

The same day, at the Robinson Brothers Construction Company, the suspects cut the fence, entered the premises, cut link chain of the electric gate, drove the ford van into the lot and used the lot to load $50,000.00 worth of tools stolen from Bullet Rentals next door.

On Sunday, December 9, 2018 the suspects cut the fence and entered United Rentals. They cut the lock on the large Conex box, removed generators and other equipment and staged them near the opening of the fence. The alarm was then triggered and officers were dispatched to the burglary in progress, the suspects fled and have not yet been located. Video surveillance shows four suspects committing burglary.

If you have any information on the missing instrument's whereabouts, please call, or text Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580 and refer to case number KTVL 12-11-18.

Depending on the case and the information is given, Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and filing of charges. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Rogue Credit Union.

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