Suspect caught in "everything but the kitchen sink" case

, Posted: Wed, February 19 2014 at 5:19 PM, Updated: Wed, February 19 2014 at 7:34 PM

Rogue River, Ore. -- Homeowners in Rogue River are resting a little easier tonight after police say they arrested the man who picked their house to pieces.

It's now known as the "everything but the kitchen sink case." Lisa and Doug Merritt went to the home they were fixing up to sell on West Evans Creek Road to find their house had been burglarized and stripped of everything but their kitchen sink.

Police arrested 43 year-old Frank Morgan Wheeler on February 6th. They say the Merritts weren't his only victims. Oregon State Police and Jackson County Sheriff's investigators said they found $90,000 of stolen property after executing search warrants at two properties near Rogue River.

Some of the stolen items include an excavator, tools, mobile contractor's trailer, a travel trailer, home cabinets and counter tops, and wiring.

Wheeler is being charged with aggravated first degree theft and first degree theft. He was also being charged with possessing methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of body armor.

Since the Merritt's house sat vacant none of the stolen items were insured and cost them up to $20,000. Luckily, police said much of the property was returned to the couple and others who were there to identify stolen items. Police will continue to investigate if Wheeler acted alone.

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