More than 200 high-end tents typically deployed during large outdoor festivals and major emergency incidents were stolen a month ago, and Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.
The theft was reported March 21 at a property in the 5000 block of South Fork Little Butte Creek Road, about 15 miles southeast of Eagle Point, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. The tents, called "Festpods," were manufactured by a California-based company called Shift Pod. One of the company's owners owns the property from which the tents were stolen.
The tents were estimated to be worth $230,000. Police don't have any concrete information on how the theft happened, or how many culprits were involved.
Each Festpod package is about 4½ feet long and weighs about 40 pounds. The brand name is written on the door flap of each tent.
"It would take a while for one person to load that many (tents)," said Detective Jason Penn. "And they would need a pretty decent storage area."
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and the filing of charges in the case. Anyone with information should call 1-800-850-0580 or the sheriff's department at 541-776-4468 and refer to case number 17-6066.
— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.