GOLD HILL — Police say they arrested a Gold Hill man Saturday, two days after his 18th birthday, when they caught him in the act of burglarizing the town Little League concession stand.
Despite having just become a legal adult, Chase Alan Martin was lodged at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention facility in Medford Saturday night on an outstanding warrant for a separate juvenile probation violation, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Martin was still in jail as of Monday morning.
Police responded to the fields off Highway 234 just before 10 p.m. A nearby resident had called police at 9:37 p.m. to report a “banging sound” coming from the small structure.
A deputy arrived to find Martin inside.
“Everything on the inside was ransacked,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Julie Denney. “Some of that is things that are going to have to be replaced.”
Food equipment and appliances were damaged, police said, and food, cups, cleaning supplies, baseballs and other miscellaneous property were strewn about.
Martin removed an air conditioner to gain entrance to the building, which also caused water damage to the interior because of the appliance’s severed water line, police said.
Damages totaled about $2,000, police said.
Martin was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and cannabis and was “initially uncooperative” with the arresting officer, police said. He was cited on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree trespass.
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