Surveillance video helped Medford police nab a man who allegedly stole a purse containing $4,300 in cash from an unlocked vehicle.
Dillon Shane Kropp, 25, of the 400 block of Hamilton Street, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree theft, second-degree theft, interfering with a police officer and unlawful entry into a vehicle, according to Jackson County Circuit Court documents.
On May 21, a Medford police officer was dispatched to Lava Lanes bowling alley, where a woman said she had left her purse inside her employee’s unlocked vehicle while they did landscaping work at the location, according to a probable cause affidavit by police.
She said the purse contained $4,300 cash from Rogue Federal Credit Union, the affidavit said.
Someone stole her purse and a $700 iPhone from inside the vehicle, the affidavit said.
The police officer looked at surveillance video of a suspect getting into the vehicle, then leaving. After searching the area, the officer located a man who looked like the person in the video, the affidavit said.
“He was still wearing the same clothing and still wearing a backpack,” the affidavit by the officer said. “I approached him and he was immediately nervous.”
The man resisted being placed in handcuffs, but the officer was eventually able to get him handcuffed, the affidavit said.
The man was identified as Kropp, the affidavit said.
“I showed him the images I had of him unlawfully entering a vehicle and taking the victim’s belongings,” the affidavit said. “He informed me he did do this. He said he took the purse. He told me there was only $8 taken.”
Kropp gave permission for the officer to do a search.
“Inside his wallet, in plain view, was a large amount of cash. I removed the cash from the wallet and counted $4,000 in $100 bills," the affidavit said.
Inside the folded cash was a receipt from a gas station for ethanol-free gasoline. The purse owner told the officer she had purchased ethanol-free gas earlier that day, the affidavit said.
Kropp was initially held in the Jackson County Jail on $20,000 bail, but was released on his own recognizance a few days after the May 21 theft from the vehicle, court records show.
On June 1, Kropp was again arrested after the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a purse stolen from a vehicle on Rossanley Drive. The purse contained toiletries. A deputy got a description of the suspect and located Kropp nearby, an affidavit from that case said.
Kropp faces charges of third-degree theft and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle in that case, according to court records.
He was being held Monday in the Jackson County Jail on $7,500 bail.
The purse theft isn’t the first case in which Kropp has allegedly been caught by video surveillance at a crime scene.
In 2017, he was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree theft after home video surveillance captured images of a man who had stolen a bong and marijuana from a garage, according to court records from that case.
A resident of the home recognized Kropp, who was an acquaintance, an affidavit from the case said.
Kropp, who was released from jail on his own recognizance after that arrest, has failed to appear multiple times in court and the case is still open, court records show.
He was convicted of first-degree theft in 2013, according to court records.
Kropp has a pretrial conference scheduled for June 18, according to court records.
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