WOLF CREEK, Ore. -- A man is behind bars after state police say he was involved in a 3-county crime spree involving thefts and vadalism of remote towers and buildings.
Authorities say that just before 5:30 pm on Thursday, they were called to a report of suspicious activity the area of Lower Grave Creek Road and Lower Wolf Creek Road southwest of Wolf Creek.
When state police arrived, they say three people ran from a vehicle into the woods.
One of those people was identified as Ian Anthony Fleming, 43, of wolf Creek. Officials say Fleming was wanted after being indicted in several cases involving thefts and vandalism in Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties.
Officials say the indictment stemmed from an ongoing investigation into burglaries, vandalism and thefts in the King Mountain area at buildings and sites belonging to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Pacific Power, Federal Aviation Administration, television stations and other agencies.
Police searched the area with the help of a Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9 and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officers.
After about 5 hours, state police say they found Fleming and took him into custody.
Two women who were with him were also found, including Mariah Jean Boyer, 21, who had a warrant on drug-related charges, police said.
On June 22, 2013, OSP started an investigation after reported vandalism to the ODOT Starveout repeater site. During the initial response, other crimes were discovered in the area to public and private company properties.
Estimated damage and thefts initially amounted to nearly a quarter million dollars.