GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A series of burglaries that began at the Josephine County Sheriff's Office impound lot on Thursday morning led police to arrest two suspects, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).
Around 6 a.m. on Thursday, GPDPS said that Justin Denny and Darian Rodriguez broke into the impound lot, then broke into one of the vehicles and "took property from inside the car."
Surveillance footage from the lot allowed investigators to identify the vehicle that Denny and Rodriguez were driving, GPDPS said.
Then at 11:15 p.m., investigators believe that Denny and Rodriguez were involved in another burglary — this time at a house on NE 11th Street in Grants Pass. But when the resident of the home responded, the two would-be burglars fled the scene. The resident got photographs of the same vehicle identified at the Sheriff's Office lot.
GPDPS said that at 4:15 p.m., a police officer recognized that car around Nebraska Ave near West Harbeck Road.
"The vehicle had been disguised by painting it black with spray paint," the agency said.
When officers pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of Red Robin, Denny reportedly fled on foot. Grants Pass officers worked with Sheriff's Office deputies to find and take him into custody. Rodriguez stayed in the car and cooperated with the offers, GPDPS said.
"The subsequent investigation revealed that Denny and Rodriguez had committed burglaries in Grants Pass and in the Merlin area," GPDPS.
Detectives and deputies were able to find several stolen items taken from burglaries in Merlin, the Josephine County Sheriﬀ's impound lot, and the Grants Pass burglary. Denny is also a suspect in several residential burglaries in Jackson County, GPDPS said.
Rodriguez has been charged with Burglary 1, Theft 1, and Criminal Trespass 2, with more charges to follow. Denny has been charged with two counts of Burglary 1, Theft 1, Criminal Trespass 2, Providing False Info to a Police Officer, Interfering, and Escape 3, with additional charges on the way.