Two arrested in Rogue River gun theft

Two men suspected of breaking into Rogue River Pharmacy and Sporting Goods in June have been arrested on a combination of state and federal charges.

Rogue River police and the Portland office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms cooperated on the investigation that lead to the arrests this month, Rogue River Police Chief Ken Lewis said.

Christopher Achim Falk, 26, of the 8800 block of Rogue River Highway, Rogue River, was detained last week after his arraignment of a federal charge of unlawfully transporting firearms. The indictment against him alleged that he was a felon who possessed guns that had moved in interstate commerce. He is being held in Josephine County Jail, Lewis said.

Rogue River police cited him on Tuesday on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree criminal mischief, Lewis said

Kevin Dale Baremore, 42, of the 100 block of Hogue Drive, Selma, also was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree criminal mischief, as well as numerous charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon, on Tuesday. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained today on $100,000 bail.

Investigators alleged that at about 3:30 a.m. on June 3 Falk and Baremore smashed the glass front door of the pharmacy and sporting goods store at the Rogue Shopping Center, 506 E. Main St. Once inside, they went to the sporting goods department at the front of the store and smashed a glass display case containing firearms, mostly handguns. They stuffed weapons into a golf bag and lugged the bag outside, police said.

Although an alarm sounded, on one was around the store when police arrived.

Investigators collected evidence, including blood on the broken glass that provided DNA, Lewis said. With the DNA evidence and other clues compiled by the cooperating agencies, Rogue River police officer Chris Snyder arrested Baremore in Selma Tuesday evening and cited Falk on the added state charges.

Nine of the 13 weapons reported stolen in the case have been recovered.

— Anita Burke

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