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  • Burglar gets nearly five years in prison

    Break-in targets included Habitat for Humanity store, tire shops and restaurant
  • A 2013 burglary spree that included Habitat for Humanity's building-supplies store has landed a Medford man in prison for four years and eight months.
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  • A 2013 burglary spree that included Habitat for Humanity's building-supplies store has landed a Medford man in prison for four years and eight months.
    Jerry Newton McDonald, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to 11 counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree theft. Methamphetamine addiction and lack of money for medical treatment spurred him to break into 11 Medford businesses between Nov. 21 and Dec. 6, McDonald told Circuit Court Judge Kelly W. Ravassipour.
    Surveillance video recorded at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Home Improvement Center on South Pacific Highway led police to McDonald and helped link him to other business break-ins. He was arrested Dec. 7.
    McDonald's targets included Aspen Dental, Quality Tire, Rodda Paint, Ed's Tire Factory, Mongolian Grill, Salon Vivid, Medford Tan and Jackson County Physical Therapy, which he hit three times. McDonald entered the buildings primarily by smashing windows or using other types of crude force, police said. Some of the businesses were within walking distance of McDonald's residence on Cottage Street in Medford.
    None of the business owners appeared at McDonald's Tuesday sentencing, and the total amount of restitution had yet to be determined, said Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert. She told the court that McDonald stole computers and other items with an estimated value in excess of $1,000 from Habitat for Humanity.
    Police said McDonald apparently cased the Habitat for Humanity layout by coming into the store to fill out an application a day before the break-in. Habitat is a Christian-based, nonprofit organization that builds homes in partnership with low-income families around the Rogue Valley.
    In response to McDonald's request to enter drug treatment in prison, Heckert noted that he also faced a prison sentence of more than three years in Montana. He has remained in the Jackson County Jail since his arrest.
    Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 541-776-4487 or email slemon@mailtribune.com.
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