Sunday, February 10 2013, 05:26 PM CST
Local woman offers reward for return of stolen documents
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
CENTRAL POINT, Ore.-A local woman said she is upset the Jackson County Sheriff's Office did not do more to protect her elderly mother from possibly falling victim to identity theft.
Nancy Lathrop said she left her car unlocked in her driveway.
When she was on her way out to work Friday morning, she noticed her glove compartment and center console were open and a brown leather bag she had left in her back seat was gone.
The bag contained several private documents, among them, her mother's birth and father's death certificates and her mother's medical chart.
She said she was disappointed when she called Jackson County Sheriff's Office and was told only a phone report could be taken due to low staffing.
"Maybe this is a simple crime to them, but it could turn into identity theft and that's what we're trying to prevent, especially elderly people. [...] It
really concerns me that we don't have enough coverage to come take a report and physically look at the scene, in order to keep us all safe, and yes, we do all pay taxes and it's very important that we have our police officers," said Lathrop.
Lathrop said a neighbor brought the bag to her and claimed she found it laying in the ditch, just past Lathrop's home. The victim said she and her husband had searched that area previously and saw nothing. Nancy Lathrop offered her neighbor $100 for bringing her the bag, but said her neighbor refused to take the money.
She is still worried because her parent's certificates and other documents are still missing.
Lathrop just moved her elderly mother to the area to care for her and said she needs the missing documents to take care of some legalities. She said it cost her almost $70 just to have two copies of her mother's birth certificate expedited to her, so Lathrop is offering $100 for the return of all the missing documents.