Deputies Arrest Suspect in Gold Hill Little League Burglary

The suspect had broken into and 'ransacked' the concessions stand at a local baseball field until deputies caught him in the act.

Posted: Jun. 25, 2018 11:24 AM

GOLD HILL, Ore. — A young man is in juvenile detention after allegedly burglarizing several outbuildings at a Gold Hill baseball field, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

A deputy responded to the Gold Hill Little League fields around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night after a neighbor reported strange noises coming from the area. Approaching a concessions stand, the deputy encountered 18-year-old Chase Martin.

Martin was inside the building when the deputy found him, according to JCSO.

Both the concessions stand and another small outbuilding had "extensive damage," and Martin had apparently broken away a large air conditioning unit in order to gain access to the concessions stand. The inside of the stand itself was also "ransacked." JCSO estimated the cost of damages at more than $2,000.

Deputies found Martin to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, and he initially refused to cooperate. Eventually, however, Martin was taken into custody.

Martin had turned 18 just two days before the incident, according to JCSO. However, the young man was lodged at the juvenile detention center in Medford because of an outstanding warrant for a juvenile probation violation.

New charges of second degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief, and second degree trespassing have been added to Martin's case, which will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

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