Man featured on Facebook page faces gun charge

Jeff Barnard / The Associated Press /

Published Dec 5, 2012 at 04:00AM

GRANTS PASS — A man noticed by police on a crime-fighting Facebook page in Oregon was in jail Tuesday facing a federal gun charge.

Carol Dickson, a retired sheriff’s deputy who runs the page “To Catch A Thief,” let out a whoop of joy when she heard the news.

“That just shows us the police do read ‘To Catch a Thief’ and it helps them,” she said.

Dickson started the page after the elimination of federal subsidies to timber counties forced sharp cutbacks in Josephine County sheriff’s patrols.

She said crime has dropped to almost nothing in the rural area since three other men who had been regularly featured on the page were arrested in Grants Pass for drug and property crimes.

In the latest case, Lief Devin Carrier, 26, of Cave Junction, faces a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. His public defender did not respond to an email seeking comment.

An affidavit filed by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement task force said investigators noticed that a posting on the “To Catch a Thief” page mentioned people in the neighborhood noticed suspicious activity at Carrier’s house, and that Carrier was armed.

Checking criminal records, investigators found Carrier had convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine, theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Police arranged for an undercover informant to go buy marijuana from Carrier, who was registered as a medical marijuana patient and caregiver.

When police moved in for the arrest, they found methamphetamine and a semi-automatic rifle in the back of the shop loaded with a full 30-round magazine, authorities said.