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Grants Pass Police arrest suspect in string of burglaries at local stores

55-year-old Steven Borden is now in custody, according to the Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety.

Posted: Jan 20, 2020 5:36 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2020 5:38 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass man is behind bars after police say he committed a rash of burglaries this month, evening hitting one store twice within a week.

Beginning on January 13, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) said that it received multiple reports of burglaries at local businesses, including two at the same shop. Police and detectives began looking into leads and evidence from the burglaries in an attempt to identify a suspect.

According to police, four burglaries were "similar in nature" and were thought to be the work of the same suspect. The first was on Monday, January 13 at Second Chance Thrift Store on 6th Street. On that Thursday, the suspect hit Booth Street Thrift Store. On Sunday he returned to Second Chance. The very next day, there was a final burglary at Subway on Williams Highway.

On Monday, January 20, GPDPS reportedly identified the suspect as 55-year-old Steven Ray Borden. Officers and detectives began a search of the city for Borden, finding him within a few hours.

According to the agency, an investigation linked Borden to all four burglaries. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on four counts of Burglary II, two counts of Theft II, two counts of Theft III, Criminal Mischief I, and three counts of Criminal Mischief II.

Anyone with further information related to these incidents or with any questions, should contact Detective John Lohrfink at (541) 450-6343.

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