Sheriff's department looks for career criminal

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is on the hunt for a man suspected of taking part in numerous burglaries and vehicle thefts in the Rogue Valley.

Gold Hill resident Robin Lee Workman, 55, has been identified as a suspect through video surveillance, witness statements, and fingerprints left at crime scenes, investigators said. Workman has been tied to 14 cases in 2012, which include incidents of fraud, motor vehicle theft, burglary and disorderly conduct, the sheriff's department reported.

"This is a career criminal that has been behaving in this manner for many years throughout Jackson County and has been in jail numerous times," sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Workman is linked to theft April 16 at Northgate Auto Sales in Medford. Investigators suspect he cut a chain link fence on at the lot, smashed the back driver's side window of a 1997 Dodge Dakota and drove off. Central Point police later found the truck at a home in the 300 block of North Sixth Street. Residents told police Workman had taken the truck, then left it there prior to police arriving.

Police officials said Workman's additional alleged crimes include a second break-in at Northgate Auto Sales in December 2012 — he stole a 2004 Ford Ranger that time — and an attempted burglary of a shed in Central Point where he had help from an accomplice.

"There was an alarm that got activated and frightened the suspects away," Carlson said.

Workman also has several warrants out for his arrest stemming from failed court appearances. A dollar amount on Workman's alleged crimes was not available, but Carlson added it's "quite a bit."

The sheriff's department and Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon seeks help from the public on Workman's whereabouts, or any other pertinent information. The Jackson County Sheriff Department's tip line is 541-774-8333, while Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-850-0580. A reward of up to $1,000 will be paid to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest. Callers can remain anonymous.

— Ryan Pfeil

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