Medford, Ore.: arrest in 'deposit fishing' case

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Updated: 12/17/2013 11:53 pm

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Police in the southern Oregon city of Medford say they've made one arrest in the case of two men observed on surveillance video trying to fish deposits out of bank overnight drop boxes.

The Mail Tribune reports that 38-year-old Ryan Kullrich of Bakersfield, Calif., was arrested for investigation of second-degree burglary and attempted first-degree theft.

Police say similar thefts and theft attempts have been reported in Central Point and Grants Pass in Oregon and in Ukiah, Calif. Medford police have taken six reports of deposit pilfering attempts since Dec. 13.

KDRV reports the men were using a fishing line and other devices to pull bank deposits from the boxes.

Video showed two men driving a Buick Rendezvous with what looked like California plates.

Lt. Mike Budreau says he thinks the theft attempts reported so far are "just the tip of the iceberg." In the Medford cases, Budreau says the thieves were unsuccessful.

Police responding to an unrelated theft spotted the Buick on Monday night. They say Kullrich was inside the vehicle.

A second man is being sought.


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