EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A former Lane County Sheriff's Deputy who police see began to use methamphetamine has been charged with a string of burglaries and thefts.

Darren Fox, a 44-year-old former deputy and Coburg police officer, faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary, theft, identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Eugene police connected Fox to a large, white Chevrolet pickup seen in several neighborhoods where burglaries and stolen vehicles had been reported in recent months.

Items removed from burgled vehicles were found in Fox's pickup when he was taken into custody.

Fox was convicted last year in Lane County Circuit Court of second-degree theft and unlawful entry to a motor vehicle.

He was arrested on methamphetamine charges earlier this year.

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