Police nab suspected burglar in the act

A concerned neighbor helped Medford police nab a suspected burglar in the act Saturday morning.

At around 5:25 a.m. a woman living in the 1300 block of Dakota Avenue woke to her dog barking at something suspicious happening next door.

The woman went to investigate and saw a man with a flashlight inside her elderly neighbor's house.

The woman knew that her neighbor was not at home at the time, so she new it must have been an intruder, police said.

The woman called police, who arrived within minutes and quietly approached the house.

As the suspect emerged from the home, he was confronted by several officers greeting him at gunpoint, police said.

The suspect, later identified as Paul Edward May, 45, was taken into custody without incident.

Officers found six bags of property that were removed from the residence and staged in the alley behind the property. It is believed May accessed the house through an unlocked door, police said.

The 74-year-old homeowner was contacted by the police. He told them he did not know May and that he had no right to be inside his residence.

May was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, trespassing and a warrant for driving while suspended.

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