Police: Thief tried to bike away with three TVs


    A man riding a bicycle and towing a cart was caught by a deputy as he pedaled away with three large flat-screen televisions, toilet paper and other items allegedly stolen from recreational vehicles.

    John Ray Davis, 49, of the 8700 block of Gladstone Avenue in White City, faces charges of first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespassing, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and three counts of second-degree burglary.

    On April 8, a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy spotted Davis riding his bicycle and towing a cart in a vacant field. Davis stopped behind R Place Mini Storage on Antelope Road in White City and loaded large items into his cart, according to a probable cause affidavit.

    The deputy stopped him as he was leaving the field and arrested Davis on a warrant from another case.

    When questioned by the deputy, Davis said a transient friend told him to pick up the property and keep one of the televisions for his trouble. When the deputy tried to get information about the transient friend to verify Davis’ story, Davis refused to provide details, saying he wasn’t “a rat,” the affidavit said.

    The deputy found three televisions, a computer tower, computer speakers, a small safe, canned food, toilet paper, bolt cutters, a crowbar and other items in the cart, the affidavit said.

    A community service officer arrived and said she had taken reports of thefts from a motor home and three travel trailers stored at Toy Box Maxi Storage, a business providing indoor and outdoor storage for RVs, boats, snowmobiles and other large items, the affidavit said.

    Both storage businesses are located near the intersection of Agate and Antelope roads.

    Davis had cut through chain link fencing at R Place Mini Storage to reach nearby Toy Box Maxi Storage, the affidavit said.

    The community service officer was able to identify stolen goods in Davis’ bicycle cart and return them to the owners. The only items not claimed by the victims were the bike, cart, bolt cutters and crowbar, the affidavit said.

    A few days after his arrest, Davis was released from the Jackson County Jail on his own recognizance, according to court records.

    He has a pending case from 2017 in which he is charged with identity theft, first-degree theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, according to court records.

    Davis also faces first-degree burglary and third-degree theft charges for allegedly stealing items from inside an Eagle Point house, court records show.

    In February of this year, he was charged with first- and second-degree criminal trespassing after being caught at a vacant White City house posted with a warning that it was a dangerous property, according to an affidavit.

    Davis told the responding deputy he claimed “squatter’s rights” to the house and planned to live there, the affidavit said.

    Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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