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  • Police seek suspect in truck, credit card thefts

    Alleged thief racked up thousands on the cards, ditched truck
  • Police are on the lookout for a Jackson County man suspected of stealing a Medford couple's truck and credit cards and racking up thousands of dollars in charges on the stolen cards.
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  • Police are on the lookout for a Jackson County man suspected of stealing a Medford couple's truck and credit cards and racking up thousands of dollars in charges on the stolen cards.
    Jonathan Paul McDonald, 25, no address given, is accused of breaking into the couple's home in the 100 block of White Oak Drive on Wednesday and taking a purse containing a wallet, keys to the truck and other valuables. Two days later, he came back and stole their truck, a 2013 white Toyota Tacoma, from their driveway, Medford police reported.
    The truck was found Monday in Talent, parked in a ditch near the intersection of Beeson Lane and Adams Road. It had some front-end damage and was towed from the scene.
    "(It) had been there for several days," said Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police.
    McDonald allegedly made purchases at Walmart, Lowes, Sprint and a Shell gas station. In addition to an unidentified $5,000 purchase at Lowes and a $4,000 online purchase that was later canceled, he bought cigarettes, toiletries, clothing, paid an outstanding phone bill and bought a prepaid gift card.
    Budreau a gift card purchase is common in such cases.
    "Those are very difficult to track, he said. "Those are how criminals launder money."
    Police said McDonald has been arrested five times since March 19 for numerous crimes, including burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of heroin and methamphetamine. Video surveillance from several stores helped police identify him as a suspect in this case, too.
    "Once we saw him on video, we were able to essentially recognize him that way," Budreau said.
    McDonald is a white man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is seen frequently around Medford and Eagle Point.
    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of McDonald should contact Medford police at 541-774-2250.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.
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