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Suspect Arrested Related to Investigation into Southern Oregon Vandalism & Thefts at Remote Communication & Power Company Sites

February 21, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of a Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9 and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officers, arrested a suspect Thursday night who was recently indicted related to investigations into vandalism and thefts occurring at remote towers and buildings in Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine counties. The arrest occurred following a several hour search near Wolf Creek after the suspect ran from a vehicle into nearby woods.

On February 20, 2014 at approximately 5:22 p.m., an OSP trooper responded to a report of suspicious activity in the area of Lower Grave Creek Road and Lower Wolf Creek Road southwest of Wolf Creek. A vehicle description was provided and the trooper saw the pickup disabled along the roadway. Three subjects, a male and two females, were seen running from the vehicle into the woods toward Lower Grave Creek.

One of the subjects was identified as IAN ANTHONY FLEMING, age 43, from Wolf Creek. FLEMING was wanted on an outstanding warrant after a Jackson County Grand Jury indicted him for Burglary in the Second Degree (4 counts) and Aggravated Theft in the First Degree (4 counts). The indictment stemmed from an ongoing investigation into burglaries, vandalism and thefts in the King Mountain area at buildings and sites belonging to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Pacific Power, Federal Aviation Administration, television stations, and other agencies.

Law enforcement officers searched the area for about five hours before locating and arresting FLEMING. The two women were also located. One of the women, MARIAH JEAN BOYER, age 21, had an outstanding drug-related warrant and was also arrested. The other woman was identified and released.

On June 22, 2013, OSP started an investigation after reported vandalism to the ODOT Starveout repeater site. During the initial response, other crimes were discovered in the area to public and private company properties. Estimated damage and thefts initially amounted to nearly a quarter million dollars.

OSP has been assisted in the investigation by Sheriff's Offices in Jackson, Josephine, Douglas and Coos counties. The investigation is continuing and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information to assist in the investigation is asked to call Senior Trooper Wayne Merritt at (541) 440-3334.


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