13 Aug Missing AR-15: Sheriff’s Office says first-degree theft is …
A Central Point man has lost his AR-15 rifle.
After Ben Huston spent some time at Kane Creek Road, with his AR-15, he accidentally left it there in its case. When he returned for the firearm, it was no longer there. Huston reported it missing to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on July 28th.
After waiting a few weeks to see if anyone would find it, the owner took to social media on Monday to share what was lost, in case anyone would be able to help him find his AR 15, scope, and desert camouflage bag.
Oregon State Statute 164.055 (2017) defines stealing a firearm or explosive as Theft in the First Degree. Those found guilty could face a Class B Felony, with a maximum prison term of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.
“There are several different ways you can commit the crime of theft in the first degree, and one is based on the value of the item, but also firearms or other explosives are included in that statute, so just any firearm regardless of the value is included within theft in the first degree,” Sgt. Julie Denney of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said.
Additionally, Denney explained that as long as you take something that is not yours, it’s still a crime, regardless of how you came across it.
“The crime of theft can occur whether you find something that doesn’t belong to you and you keep it or if you say break into a car and take something. It’s the same crime at the end of the day,” Denney said.
Huston said on social media, “Hopefully someone good finds it.”
He provided the serial number so people can know the firearm is stolen if they come across it. The serial number of the missing AR-15 is M20-00820.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office mentioned they have not taken any prior cases from Huston like this, and they are usually pretty rare.