Ziegler returns to county jail on multiple charges

Ziegler returns to county jail on multiple charges

A Medford man who admitted to breaking into hundreds of cars and stealing items worth thousands of dollars from them, then usurping the victims' identities to rob them again from behind bars, was arrested early Friday in possession of stolen goods and drugs, Medford police said.

Police arrested Eric One Ziegler, 37, of the 200 block of South Oakdale Avenue, Medford, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic drugs, third-degree theft and a parole violation. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained Monday without bail.

Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said a caller reported a man acting suspiciously around cars parked in the 2000 block of College Way at about 1:25 a.m. Friday.

Officers found Ziegler sitting in a car there, in violation of a curfew set in the conditions of his parole, Hansen said. Prescription medications reportedly taken from a vehicle parked in the neighborhood were found in Ziegler's car, Hansen said. Ziegler told police that he hadn't stolen the drugs, but officers charged him with third-degree theft by receiving for having apparently stolen items in his possession, Hansen explained.

Police still are investigating the incident.

In 2004, Ziegler pleaded guilty to a dozen charges, including first-degree burglary, aggravated first-degree theft, first-degree theft and identity theft, for a spree that had police scrambling to solve a huge increase in car break-ins and burglaries across the Rogue Valley. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

While still in prison, he stole the victims' information from police reports provided to him by his probation officer to commit identity theft. He pleaded guilty to two counts of identity theft and was sentenced to another two years in prison.

He qualified for early release and got out of prison in May 2009. In a matter of days, he was arrested on theft and welfare fraud charges for allegedly lying on a food-stamp application while he was living at a transitional center that provided him with meals. He was found not guilty of those charges.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485, or e-mail

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