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  • Thieves pilfer Medford couple's home

    $50,000 worth of possessions are stolen as the two are on vacation
  • A Medford couple returned home from vacation on Monday to find their home ransacked and roughly $50,000 worth of their possessions — including a car and a truck — stolen, police say.
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  • A Medford couple returned home from vacation on Monday to find their home ransacked and roughly $50,000 worth of their possessions — including a car and a truck — stolen, police say.
    The couple, who live in the 3000 block of Starwood Court near the outskirts of Central Point, returned from a 10-day vacation and discovered someone had smashed a window and taken thousands of dollars worth of things from inside the house, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    Among the missing property, stolen sometime between Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, is a 2004 green and gray BMW 525i, a 2008 red Chevrolet Silverado 1500, jewelry, golf clubs, fly-fishing gear, a laptop, cameras, a pair of rifles and financial records, Budreau said.
    One of the homeowners, who asked that his name not be used, said he and his wife of 40 years were devastated by the burglary.
    "My wife is very upset, she is hurt and feels violated. I ache for my wife. My stuff can be replaced, but all of the jewelry she received from her mother, what I have given her ... all of the presents I have given her over the years ... that stuff can never be replaced," said the man, who is 65. "I feel sorry for whoever did this ... riches don't mean anything in this world. These people need help, and I pray for their souls."
    The man said he forgives the burglars, but would like his belongings back, which he estimates are worth at least $50,000.
    Judging from his fishing photo albums, it seems unlikely that whoever ends up with his fly-fishing gear will be as successful with it.
    "This is much more substantial than your typical burglary. Usually burglars are in and out of the house pretty quickly. In this case, it looks like the suspects took quite a bit of time," Budreau said. "It looks like the suspects knew they had time on their hands, like they knew the victims were going to be gone."
    Budreau said the two stolen vehicles were most likely used to transport the stolen property.
    The suspects broke a window in the back of the house and entered through it, he said.
    Medford police said they have no suspects. Investigators ask anyone with information about the incident to call the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4783 or Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580. (Correction: The Medford Police Department phone number has been corrected in this story.)
    Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest, Budreau said.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTwriter_swhlr.
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