Saturday, July 14 2012, 11:09 PM CDT
Grants Pass Police break up a burglary ring
By Jenica Villamor/KTVL.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- Grants Pass Public Safety Detectives say the suspects had at least 18 victims.
Detective Archie Lidey says crime has gone up since major cuts to the Josephine County Justice system.
"We've been plagued with burglaries and car break ins," he said.
Thursday detectives arrested six people at the Motel 6 on NE 6th Street who they believe are connected to more than a dozen home burglaries.
"By the time we are done, probably 25 to 30 home burglaries," Lidey said.
He says the investigation began with Michael Ryan Quigley.
On July 2 officers responded to an armed robbery on Kip Lane when they say Quigley held a couple home owners at gun point.
"He told get back and he took the jewelry and guns and jumped the fence," Lidey said.
Officers arrested Quigley on robbery, burglary and theft charges.
Detectives later found out he was responsible for more than a dozen other burglaries and had broken into people's homes and cars.
Quigley was arrested a few days earlier after breaking into someone's car in their garage, but a lack of jail space forced police to cite and release him.
"Had we been able to arrest him at that point, then maybe he wouldn't have been able to threaten two people with an armed weapon," Lidey said.
Detectives then discovered Quigley had accomplices. They tracked down and arrested six suspects including Thomas Williams, Nathaniel Anderson, Robby Frenna, Brett Leishman, Mesa Moly Marie Smith and Destiny Ridenour.
The suspects are facing multiple burglary, theft, and drug charged.
Lidey thinks they're linked to even more crimes and he is worried this is not the end.
"What concerns me is that when people think there are no consequences they are going to get worse," he said.
Some of the suspects are in the Jackson and Josephine County Jails.