Police arrest suspects in Medford burglary, recover stolen items

Suspects who allegedly made off with guns, a car, medicine and more in a Medford burglary last week have been arrested and were being held Wednesday in the Jackson County Jail on numerous charges.

Cameron Gentry, 21, Benjamin Gunn, 22, and Kayla Williams, 22, were being held on charges of first-degree burglary, four counts of first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. On Wednesday, their bail amounts were set at $50,000, $15,000 and $25,000, respectively.

Police also arrested Justin Brewer, 27, who was being held Wednesday in the jail on charges of manufacture, delivery and possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and several warrants stemming from past drug cases. Police said additional theft and burglary charges related to the Medford burglary are pending against Brewer.

"The possession charges are rather straightforward, easier to prove," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Police said the residents of a home in the 2700 block of Hawaiian Avenue were out of town when the burglary occurred on June 22. The intruders broke in through a back window and made off with five guns, prescription medicine, makeup, jewelry and electronics, including televisions and computers. They also stole a 2006 Kia Sorento that was parked in the driveway. The total property stolen exceeded $15,000.

Police spotted the stolen Kia two days later in the parking lot of Chase Bank, 601 Crater Lake Ave. Gentry, Gunn and Williams were in the car, along with 21-year-old Devon Poff, who was arrested in May for allegedly firing three shots during a dispute over a car in a north Medford neighborhood.

Officers said they searched the Kia and found two of the guns reported stolen in the burglary, a 12-gauge shotgun and Ruger M77 rifle. Also in the car were TVs, computer equipment and other miscellaneous items. Budreau said Gentry, Gunn and Williams confessed to their involvement in the burglary, saying they knew the victims were out of town.

Poff was not involved, but police arrested him on outstanding warrants stemming from failure to appear charges. He was no longer listed in the jail Wednesday. Gentry also is a suspect from another March burglary case where he allegedly made off with jewelry and medicine from two homes in the 2900 block of Shasta Drive.

Police later served a search warrant at the Valli Hai Motel, 1034 Court St., where they found Brewer, along with nearly 4 grams of heroin, a gram of methamphetamine and money. Investigators also recovered a shotgun and laptop computer, both reportedly taken in the June 22 burglary. Authorities believe Brewer took the items in trade.

"What happens to the property, most often, it gets traded for quick cash, or traded for drugs," Budreau said.

A 20-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber rifle taken in the burglary have not been recovered, along with some jewelry.

"Jewelry's tough," Budreau said. "They're small items of high value that are difficult to track."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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