A Grants Pass man was arrested after allegedly stealing a car and crashing it Friday morning.

Mathew Roy Barbosa, 36, allegedly stole a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche from Earnest Auto Sales in the 400 block of northwest Garden Valley Boulevard.

Police initially responded after a Canna King Marijuana Dispensary employee noticed that a fence had been torn down and feared that a car had been stolen, according to court documents.

While reviewing security footage, an officer was able to determine that Barbosa pulled up to the parking lot behind Canna King around 7 a.m. in a Volkswagen Jetta.

The Jetta belonged to a Grants Pass woman who loaned Barbosa the car so he could do mechanical work on it, according to court documents.

Barbosa walked up to the Chevy, opened the driver’s side door and fidgeted with the ignition. Then, he took a car battery out of the back of the Jetta and installed it in the Chevy. Barbosa tried to back the car out several times, hitting another car in the process, according to court documents.

After several failed attempts to back up, Barbosa accelerated through a chain link fence, ripping the posts from a retaining wall and slamming the entire 100-foot length of fence into the asphalt parking lot, according to court documents.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies later spotted the stolen car near Glendale and pursued Barbosa into Josephine County. Minutes later, Barbosa crashed the car and fled the scene on foot, according to court documents.

A deputy held Barbosa at gunpoint, before detaining him a short time later, according to court documents.

When police interviewed Barbosa, he said he decided to steal the car because of its size. He said his plan was to drive back to Grants Pass, get a flatbed trailer and tow the trailer back to Roseburg to pick up the Jetta, according to court documents.

Barbosa told police his recollection of how he started the car was skewed because he hit his head during the crash.

The car was totaled. Barbosa caused an estimated $16,000 of damage, according to court documents.

Barbosa was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and unauthorized motor vehicle use.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter


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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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For a minute I thought he was wet-back but I realized he's just another white man born in Oregon. How typical, the scourge of Caucasianism!


You represent the scourge of ignorance.


When did race become an issue? All races commit similar crimes.


Yeap. There are good and bad in every race and gender.


I just looked up this goon's arrest history. Would you believe he has 42 arrests on his charge sheet. Throw the darn key away!


As useful as a chocolate teapot. Never heard that before but I love it.


He looks like a "Roads Scholar" to me. About as useful as a chocolate teapot! THEY LIVE AMONG US!

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