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GP Police Arrested Man for Stealing Package Off Porch and Drug Possession

Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing a package off the front porch of a residence in the northwest part of the city last weekend.

According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a "porch pirating" incident involving 23-year-old Calvin Mathew Bertik in the 100-block of NW Manzanita Avenue on Sunday morning. The incident happened on Saturday.

Police said Bertik stole an Amazon package valued at $35 off the front porch of the residence. They said he was captured stealing the package on a surveillance camera and positively identified. He allowed officers to search his residence to check for stolen property and a man identified as "Nick Rasmussen" was hiding in a closet.

A large chunk of a crystal substance which Bertik identified as methamphetamine was in plain sight in the residence. There was also an open case which contained a scale, packaging material and a small amount of colorful chunks Bertik identified as fentanyl. The drug items were seized and Bertik admitted to the porch theft.

Calvin Bertik was placed into custody and booked into the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft and the narcotics violations. A search of the area for Nick Rasmussen was unsuccessful.
Posted on 1/23/24 10:39AM by Sam Marsh