Investigators looking for two burglary suspects who ran

Jackson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a pair of burglars who were chased by two separate homeowners on Hillcrest Road shortly after midnight.

The pair are also linked to a stolen car found abandoned in the neighborhood, authorities said.

The first burglary was reported at 12:05 a.m. today, the sheriff's department reported in a news release. A homeowner in the 6300 block of Hillcrest Road in Medford heard a noise and found two men in his garage. He confronted the burglars, who ran out a side door. The homeowner then called 911.

He reported that the burglars had taken money, two cameras, and vehicle keys from inside a vehicle parked in the garage. Investigators said the burglars got in through an unlocked side door.

While looking in the area, a deputy found a black BMW abandoned in a ditch near the intersection of Sun Ridge Estates and Hillcrest Road, the news release said. The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted and the vehicle was determined to be stolen. Medford police are investigating the theft.

While deputies were still on scene with the stolen car, another burglary in progress nearby was called in to dispatch, the news release said.

In this case, owners of a home in the 6000 block of Hillcrest Road reported that two men were inside their home. They confronted the interlopers with a fire poker and the intruders ran out the back of the home.

Officers and a police dog searched the neighborhood extensively, but heavy rain prevented the dog from tracking the scent, officials said.

Police are still looking for the pair of burglars described as white men in their mid 20s with scruffy facial hair and dark clothing. Witnesses told police the men wore jeans and hooded sweatshirts. One of the suspects is reported to have large earrings stretching the lobes of both of his ears.

Investigators ask anyone with information about these crimes or suspects to call the Jackson County sheriff's tip line at 541-774-8333.

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