A break in a case of stolen scrap metal helped police recover thousands of dollars’ worth of pilfered tools and professional audio equipment.
Casey Robert Riley, 44, of Medford, faces felony burglary and theft charges in a string of recent industrial burglaries involving scrap metal and power tools and in an April home burglary of audio equipment.
The case began with a pair of industrial burglaries earlier this week, according to documents filed by Medford police in Jackson County Circuit Court and other police reports.
On Monday morning, a victim at North Valley Scrap and Storage reported more than 10,000 pounds of scrap metal had been stolen, among other metal items valued at close to $4,400.
The victim reportedly spotted his stolen metal, which included aluminum wheels and radiators with distinctive markings, at White City Metals.
From White City Metals, police gathered metal sale documentation allegedly involving Riley on May 11 and 14, according to court documents. Police also gathered Riley’s address and surveillance footage of Riley delivering the metal in an older Ford pickup, the documents allege.
The white and blue truck allegedly matched a vehicle involved in a Sunday burglary at Medford Fence, in which more than $8,000 worth of tools and equipment had been reported stolen. Surveillance footage reportedly captured a truck matching the description driving to the back of the business.
Riley was arrested by 1 p.m. Tuesday, after multiple police units surrounded Riley’s garage in the 500 block of Charlotte Ann Road.
Medford Fence recovered about $7,000 worth of equipment from Riley’s home, and the victim at North Valley Scrap and Salvage recovered more than $3,000 worth of items reported stolen, police said.
Police allegedly found property inside Riley’s home believed to be tied to other burglaries, documents say. A motorcycle frame inside Riley’s garage matched a frame reported stolen Sunday from Medford Fabrication, while a high-end guitar pedal board among other audio gear matched up with an April home burglary on Geneva Street, the documents allege.
Riley made his initial appearance Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court on eight felony counts of first-degree theft and one felony count of second-degree burglary. At the hearing, Judge David Hoppe ordered Riley not to be released early unless he pays a 10 percent bond on $100,000 bail. Riley remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail Saturday morning.
Riley has one prior felony conviction, stemming from a no-contest plea for identity theft after he reportedly used a stolen credit card to purchase a computer at the south Medford Walmart last December.