Medford police believe a Monday burglary is linked to three others that occurred during the same spree.
The burglary, which occurred sometime between the late-night hours of March 31 and the morning of April 1, was reported in the 4700 block of Cloudcrest Drive. Police said homeowners found the garage window had been opened and that the screen had been removed. Jewelry, cameras, a wallet, a Sony Playstation 3 and other miscellaneous items totaling $2,000 were missing, police said. The residents had been sleeping when the burglary occurred.
Police believe the crime is linked to two other home burglaries that occurred the same evening in the 6000 and 6300 blocks of Hillcrest Road. The suspects are described as white males in their mid 20s with scruffy facial hair. One is believed to have large gauges in his earlobes. They appeared to be wearing dark-colored jeans and sweatshirts, according to a witness who awoke to find his home being robbed and chased the suspects off with an iron fire poker.
The second Hillcrest burglary also appears to have been stopped by the homeowner, who confronted the suspects in his garage after they had broken in. The duo took money, two cameras and keys from a vehicle parked inside the garage before fleeing. Police also discovered a crashed black 2006 BMW sedan near the intersection of Sun Ridge Estates and Hillcrest Road. Authorities have determined that vehicle was stolen from the 100 block of South Barneburg Road the same night as the other burglaries.
Police said burglaries of occupied homes are rare. Homeowners and renters should ensure all doors and windows are locked and secured. Officials also recommended looking into additional security measures such as increased lighting, video cameras and alarm systems. Any suspicious behavior should be reported to police.
Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Detective Bill Ford of Medford police at 541-774-2236.
— Ryan Pfeil