Medford police seek help identifying a bike-riding burglary suspect

Medford police released this image of the burglary suspect from a surveillance video.

Medford investigators are looking for a bike-riding suspect believed to have stolen thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics on a burglary spree Monday.

Officers were tipped to the crimes when an 85-year-old woman reported that her home in the 700 block of Mindy Sue had been broken into.

The woman said she left her home at 10 a.m. to run some errands and when she returned at noon she found that someone had entered her home through an unsecured window.

She told officers that several thousand dollars in jewelry was missing.

Police canvassed the neighborhood and found a witness who told them that a suspicious man was seen standing in the front yard of the victim's home prior to the burglary.

The witness took note of the man because he was wearing a heavy jacket on a hot day.

The witness said the suspect was a dark-skinned man with black hair and dark, scruffy facial hair. He was wearing tan pants and a dark jacket.

Officers then found that a nearby home was fitted with a surveillance camera that captured images of the suspect as he pedalled away from the scene on his bicycle.

The video showed the man entering another nearby home in the 600 block of Hedy Jane, where he climbed through an unsecured back window.

The man who lived there was summoned from work to check his home and reported that the intruder had taken a Toshiba laptop computer, digital camera and a gold watch. The total value of these items was $2,000, police said.

Police are trying to identify the man in the surveillance video. Anyone with information should contact Medford police at 541-770-4783.

— Chris Conrad

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