Several Ashland High School students and graduates are among suspects believed to have stolen more than $16,000 in property from an Ashland home during parties a student held there while her parents were away, police said Tuesday.
Several Ashland High School students and graduates are among suspects believed to have stolen more than $16,000 in property from an Ashland home during parties a student held there while her parents were away, police said.
Six people were indicted Tuesday by a Jackson County grand jury for their involvement, according to the Ashland Police Department.
"It appears that a lot of people knew the young girl who was having the party, because of her association with the high school," said Ashland police Sgt. Jim Alderman. "It's not like strangers went in and stole the stuff.
"The majority of people involved are Ashland High School students or recent graduates," he said.
Indicted were Jarrett Fogelman, 18, on three counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft; Jaz Lynn Brunson, 18, on two counts of first-degree theft; Tyler Meenaghan, 18, on one count of second-degree theft; and Tajenzo Heatherstone and Nicoa Cline, who also uses the last name Moon, both 19, on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said. A 17-year-old girl was arrested for one count each of first-degree theft and second-degree theft, and her case was referred to juvenile court, Alderman said.
Fogelman, Brunson and Meenaghan are seniors at Ashland High School, according to the school. Heatherstone and Cline attended Ashland High School at some point but did not graduate from AHS, according to school officials.
Detectives have received information on other suspects, and more arrests are anticipated, police said.
The thefts occurred during a series of parties the victims' daughter held at the home, in the 600 block of Spring Creek Drive, between late January and mid-February, police said. The parents discovered the thefts when they returned from an out-of-state trip and reported them to police Feb. 16, according to police.
A laptop computer, a guitar, high-end cameras, expensive jewelry and designer clothes, purses and perfume were among the items stolen, Alderman said.
Many of the suspects sold or pawned the stolen property, police said.
"Some items were given to people to pay off debts and some were taken to a pawn shop in Medford," Alderman said.
The 17-year-old girl who was arrested allegedly pawned a digital camera and expensive jewelry at a Medford pawn shop using a fake ID, because pawn shops require sellers to be at least 18, he said. The name of the pawn shop was not immediately available, police said.
Heatherstone and Cline allegedly used the homeowners' vehicle to go to the store to buy food during one of the parties, Alderman said.
"During one of the parties they decided they needed to go do a food run and they ended up grabbing the keys to the family car and took off in the car," he said. "The car was returned and it wasn't damaged, but it's still a stolen vehicle case."
Police believe more than 100 people attended the parties.
Police recovered about $9,000 in property during the investigation, which is ongoing, they said.
"A lot of the property is still outstanding," Alderman said.
Among the missing items are three Coach handbags, a one-carat diamond necklace and designer clothes and perfume, he said.
"We know that there are people that have some of this property, we just don't know who or where they are," Alderman said.
Police do not believe the teenage daughter was involved in the thefts, Alderman said. She has not been cited by police, he said.
The girl held several gatherings at the home during the two to three weeks her parents were gone, Alderman said.
"One party was pretty massive and she had friends and acquaintances over quite a bit," he said.
Many partygoers have been reluctant to speak with police because they don't want to get their friends in trouble, Alderman said.
"The high school has a pretty tight-knit community," he said. "Most of people involved in this are Ashland High School students or graduates and they don't want to be labeled or to tell on their friends."
People may return stolen items to the Ashland Police Department anonymously, Alderman said.
"If these people bring stuff in anonymously and drop it off, or give a statement on how they got it, we'll be cooperative with them," he said. "But if we have to continue with the investigation and hunt people down, then we'll arrest people.
"The bottom line here is we want to get the property back to the victims. A lot of it is heirloom-type stuff that was given to them years ago from family and has a lot of sentimental value, as well as monetary value."
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Ashland Police Detective Carrie Hull at 541-482-5211.
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