Cops: Arrests could be linked to other break-ins

Medford police are investigating whether two men arrested as they ran from the Rogue Valley Country Club with golf bags and other equipment early Saturday morning could be responsible for other break-ins.

A burglary alarm at the pro shop summoned officers to the country club at 5:36 a.m. Saturday, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. The first officer to arrive saw two men carrying golf bags.

One of them ran west into a residential neighborhood next to the golf course and police stopped the other, who was identified as John Pat­rick Keefe, 43, of the 600 block of West Fourth Street, Medford.

Police searched the neighborhood and found the other man, later identified as Bryan Anthony Rahn, a 28-year-old man with no known address, hiding in some bushes behind a home in the first block of Black Oak Drive. Rahn ran again, but this time officers caught him, Budreau said.

Rahn was charged with second-degree burglary, first-­degree theft and possession of bur­glary tools. Rahn also had outstanding warrants charging him with failure to appear in court and a parole violation. He remains in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Keefe was arrested on charges of second­-degree burglary, first-degree theft and felony driving while suspended. He was lodged in jail, but has since been released because of overcrowding.

Police recovered about $3,400 worth of golf gear that apparently had been taken from the country club, Budreau said in a news release.

Keefe told investigators that he had previously "cased" the business while there to sell cleaning products under the name Keefe Environmental, Budreau said. Police, who found Keefe's van with cleaning supplies inside parked near the country club, are investigating whether he might have done the same thing at other places.

"It is an uncommon tactic," Budreau said.

He said that police don't always ask burglary victims about salesmen or other such callers who had visited in the days before a crime. However, investigators suspect that Keefe and Rahn might have cased other possible burglary targets and could be responsible for other unsolved burglaries.

"If anyone remembers anything after hearing about this case, they should call," Budreau said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 541-770-4783.

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