SELMA, Ore. — Police arrest two suspects involved in a string of crimes across Josephine County on Friday.
On Friday December 1st at 5:20 a.m., Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to an alarm at the Suzuki Motorcycle store on 1831 Rogue River Highway. As officers arrived on scene they were told that two people were trying to steal a motorcycle.
Officers made contact with the suspects standing next to a white 1996 Toyota T-1000 pickup parked across the Suzuki store. The suspects jumped into the truck and drove toward the parked patrol cars and narrowly missed police. The truck side swiped a wooden fence before heading eastbound onto Rogue River Highway. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but lost sight of it. They were able to get a license plate number and determine that the truck had been stolen at 12:26 a.m. from Lake Shore Drive in Selma.
GPDPS Detectives took over the investigation after learning that officers had found several items at the Suzuki Motorcycle Store linking the suspects to a burglary at the Union 76 Gas Station in Selma. The burglary had taken place sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
At about 9:20 a.m., a report of a stolen 2002 Toyota Tundra was reported to Josephine County Sheriff's Office from a resident on Gordon Way, Grants Pass. The stolen Toyota T-1000 pickup truck used at the burglary at the Suzuki Store was found abandoned in the same area. Detectives searched the pickup and found additional evidence linking the pickup to the Union 76 Station burglary.
At 10:25, officers responded to an attempted burglary at a home on NE Beavilla View Dr. The homeowner was able to sacred off the two suspects, they left in a unknown vehicle. The suspects had again, left evidence behind linking them to the previous crimes in Selma and Grants Pass.
GPDPS officers located the stolen Toyota Tundra near NE Beacon Dr. and Hillcrest Lane at 11:50 a.m. and were eluded again.
Another officer spotted the Tundra near Hillcrest and 7th Street about 20 minutes later. The officer attempted to stop the truck, but it continued to drive through the Denny's parking lot. The truck did slow down long enough to allow the passenger to exit the truck before speeding away toward NW Vine St.
The passenger, identified as 23-year-old Clyde MacDonald, was taken into custody.
Officers later learned that the fleeing suspect, 24-year-old Bradley Lloyd, was spotted driving the stolen truck toward Redwood Hwy on Riverbanks Road where with the assistance from Oregon State Police successfully spiked the truck's tires.
Despite having two flat tired, Lloyd continued fleeing from officers southbound on Redwood Hwy. He eventually lost control of the truck and left the roadway in the 9600 block of Redwood Hwy. Officers located Lloyd about 50 yards up a hill where he was taken into custody without incident.
Both were lodged into the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:
MacDonald: burglary 1, two counts of burglary 2, theft 1 and 2, and criminal mischief 2 and 3.
Lloyd: burglary 1, two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, burglary 2, criminal mischief 2 and 3, two counts of eluding police, two counts of reckless driving, eluding police on foot, escape 3, and two counts of fail to appear warrants.