Two men arrested for Capsey Automotive tool theft

Update (04/07 11:50 p.m.) — Police arrested 27-year-old Daniel Silva-Ledesma and 21-year-old Julian McIntosh on charges of burglary and theft in connection with the Capsey Automotive theft that occurred in early March. Medford Police say they have recovered most of the items stolen from Capsey’s Automotive as well.

According to police, an investigation led detectives to a house on the 1100 block of Mt. Pitt Avenue in Medford on Wednesday.

Police say hundreds of other stolen items were recovered at the house. The property was linked to several other business and residential burglaries, as well as motor vehicle break-ins. Additional charges are likely pending.

MPD says the investigation is ongoing, and they’re working hard to link the rest of the property to the rightful owners.

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Update: Medford police say they are noticing an uptick in tool thefts, after a Medford business, Capsey’s Automotive was targeted by thieves. After owner Bob Capsey took inventory on Thursday, he said more than $70,000 worth of tools, cash, and three medieval swords were stolen on Tuesday night.

Police, as well as Capsey, are asking for the public’s assistance with information so they can recover the items.

“I’ve never come to the thought in my head that the shop would be broken into, but, ’til the day that it happened,” Capsey said. “40 years of hand tools, basically picked up and stolen.”

Police say the thieves took Snap-On, Mac Tools, and Matco Tools from the shop, after breaking two windows, and unlocking the garage door. These kinds of thefts are becoming more frequent, according to Mike Budreau, a lieutenant with the Medford Police Department.

“They are sold for a high dollar on the black market, people are willing to pay for those tools, because they’re highly sought after, and criminals know that,” Budreau said.

The suspects also made off with three medieval swords, something police hope the public will be keeping their eyes out for.

“The thieves that do this kind of activity try to offload the property rather quickly for quick cash, and if that happens, we want, we want to know about that.”

For now, Capsey is using loner tools, and hoping his turn up.

“It’s pretty hard when they take your livelihood,” Capsey said.

Police say the suspects will be facing charges of aggravated theft and burglary. If you have any information in this case, you are asked to call the Medford Police Department at 541-774-2250.

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Medford, Ore. – Medford Police says nearly $20,000 worth of tools and swords have been stolen from a local business.

Police say thieves broke into the Capsey Automotive shop on Stewart Avenue in Medford on Tuesday night. Thieves made off with high-dollar tools that business owner Bob Capsey (pictured) had collected over his lifetime. Some of the brands included Snap-On, Mac, and Matco.

Officers say that in addition to the tools, thieves took three medieval style swords that Capsey had on display in his office.

MPD is urging the public to be on the lookout for the tools and swords. If you have any information about this case, call Medford Police at 541-774-2250.

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