Medford burglars caught in the act

A pair of alleged burglars were caught in the act Wednesday after a woman saw them inside her Medford home from a mobile surveillance video, police said.

The woman who lives at the home in the 200 block of North Berkeley Way had installed security cameras at the residence that could be monitored from her work.

At about 1:30 p.m. she checked the video before heading into a meeting. What she saw startled her, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

"She saw two males inside her home, stealing her belongings," Budreau said.

The woman called 911, who dispatched Budreau to the scene.

"I was right down the street from the home," Budreau said.

Budreau arrived and saw the two men leaving the house with stolen belongings.

He kept an eye on the pair until another officer showed up. They quickly took the burglars into custody.

"We caught them red-handed," Budreau said.

They were identified as Clayton James Lappat, 22, and Broc Alan Atkinson, 22.

They were lodged in the Jackson County Jail on burglary charges.

They had stolen $400 in cash and $500 in jewelry from the home, Budreau said.

Budreau said the security system the woman had installed in the home is available at local stores and is relatively inexpensive. It provides real-time surveillance video that can be viewed from a computer or a cell phone.

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