Sept. 28–Eugene police are investigating the theft of more than $100,000 in cash and an estimated $200,000 worth of hemp oil extract, among other items, from a home in west Eugene.
Anthony Lee McThrow, 33, is charged with first-degree aggravated theft, first-degree burglary and felon in possession of a weapon. The allegations are considered aggravated circumstances because McThrow allegedly committed the crimes while on post-prison supervision.
He remains an inmate of the Lane County Jail, and his trial is scheduled for Nov. 8. A second alleged burglar has not yet been arrested or charged.
According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Lane County Circuit Court last week, McThrow was identified as one of two suspects in the burglary after Eugene police detectives said he wore a company sweatshirt during the theft, which was captured on surveillance video. In the video, two vehicles can be seen driving up to a home on Arthur Court during the midmorning hours of Aug. 27 — a minivan and a sedan, both with covered up or unreadable license plates. The two burglars load all of the stolen items including a safe into the minivan, then each drives away.
The sweatshirt belonged to a window cleaning company that McThrow has never worked for, the affidavit states, but when the owner of the company was shown McThrow’s photo on Sept. 5, he recognized the man anyway.
The owner told the detective that he recalled seeing McThrow at his all-employee meeting in July, even through McThrow wasn’t employed by him, the affidavit states. The owner told the detective he felt this was odd since McThrow had on a company shirt. At the end of the meeting, McThrow asked if he could fill out an application for employment, which he did. The owner said he refused to hire McThrow, however, because McThrow is a sex offender, the affidavit states.
McThrow was identified by the detective as a suspect in the burglary but was already in the Lane County Jail, the affidavit states. McThrow had been arrested three days after the theft during a routine traffic stop and was being held on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and providing false information to police. He was also booked into the jail on a U.S. Marshal hold for failing to register as a sex offender.
During his arrest, McThrow had $10,414 in cash in the center console of his truck, as well as a baggie of meth, the affidavit states. That money was put on his jail account, and jail phone calls reviewed by detectives show he called five women including his mother to brag about the cash and offer to send each of them some money. When one of the women expressed shock at the amount, he allegedly told her, “Work a little bit in your life, and you might get something.”
The additional charges were filed in relation to the burglary after authorities served the search warrant at two residences and three vehicles earlier this month.
The victim later provided a complete list to police of all of the items taken from the home, including jewelry, $5,000 in money orders, more than $100,000 in cash, Swiss, Canadian and Cayman Island currency, the victim’s grandmother’s wedding ring and grandfather’s gold fillings, several guns, 20 kilos of hemp oil, a leather-bound Bible, the victim’s passport, social security card and birth certificate, and Oregon Ducks football season tickets. Other items reported stolen included hemp candy bars, sports memorabilia, vehicle titles, a box of change totaling $700 to $800, security cameras, pipes and electronics.
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