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  • Burglar with stolen keys targeted Medford shoe stores, police say

  • Burglary suspects broke into a car over the weekend and stole a set of keys they then used to sneak into three Medford businesses where they swiped cash or, in one case, took the whole register, police said.
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  • Burglary suspects broke into a car over the weekend and stole a set of keys they then used to sneak into three Medford businesses where they swiped cash or, in one case, took the whole register, police said.
    Medford police reported the burglar broke a window of a vehicle, parked at the Rogue Rock Gym, 3001 Samike Drive, for an event held during the night of Saturday, June 14. They stole a purse, which contained the keys. The keys belonged to a family member of the owner of the three businesses targeted.
    The first burglary was reported just before 11 a.m. Sunday, June 15, at Birkenstock Footwear, 1310 Center Drive, police said. Suspects broke into the store cash register and took the money inside.
    About three hours later, police responded to burglary alarms at 221 E. Main St., the location of Norris Shoes and G.E. Messinger Shoe Repair, in downtown Medford. The Norris Shoes register was opened but contained no cash, and the GE Messinger register was stolen completely. The suspects also damaged the burglary alarm at Norris Shoes, police said.
    No suspects have been named at this point, but Medford police said the businesses had security cameras.
    "We're in the process of retrieving that (footage)," Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Officer Baines of Medford police at 541-770-4783.
    Police said there have been 403 car break-ins reported in Medford through April this year, a 44 percent jump from a similar span of 2013. They recommend not storing valuables or personal items inside vehicles, especially in plain sight.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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