Police nab suspect in bicycling burglaries

Medford police have arrested a man in a string of burglaries in which at least $15,000 worth of jewelry and electronics was stolen last week.

With fingerprints found at two west Medford homes burglarized July 8 and surveillance video of a suspect pedaling past the crime scenes, police identified Tyree Anthony Hairston, a 22-year-old Medford man with no listed address, as the suspected burglar.

Investigators initially didn't know where he was, though, Lt. Mike Budreau said in a news release Monday.

They got a break in the case when a police officer was flagged down Friday by someone who had found what appeared to be stolen property in the dumpster of the Valli Hai Motel, 1034 Court St., Medford. The property was determined to be from a residential burglary in the 600 block of Beall Lane, that had been reported July 11. During that burglary, approximately $10,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, Medford police said.

Detectives went to the motel to look at the names of registered guests there. When they spotted Hairston's name, they went to his room and arrested him without incident, Budreau said.

After getting a search warrant for his room, investigators found stolen property linking Hairston to the July 8 burglaries on the 700 block of Mindy Sue and the 600 block of Hedy Jane, where a neighbor's surveillance camera had caught Hairston riding through the neighborhood on a bike and entering one of the burglarized homes, police said. Thousands of dollars of jewelry were reportedly taken from the Mindy Sue home, and electronics and a watch with a total value of around $2,000 were reportedly taken from the Hedy Jane home.

Investigators also found items from the Beall Lane burglary in Hairston's motel room, along with things taken in a July 9 burglary in the 1500 block of Miracle Lane in Medford, police said. Electronics, computers, jewelry and other miscellaneous property valued at about $3,000 were taken from the Miracle Lane home, police said.

The motel room also contained evidence of possession, manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine, police said.

Hairston was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Friday on four counts of first-degree burglary, six counts of first-degree theft, two counts each of possession and manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of delivery of meth and a charge of parole violation. He was being held on Monday without bail.

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