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  • Alleged burglar chased down by resident

  • A homeowner caught a man pilfering items from his Medford garage in the middle of the night, chased him down and detained him until police arrived.
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  • A homeowner caught a man pilfering items from his Medford garage in the middle of the night, chased him down and detained him until police arrived.
    Joseph Edward Bean, 29, was lodged Tuesday in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first- and second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and possession of heroin, jail records show. His bail is set at $50,000.
    The homeowner, 36-year-old Brian Guyette, came out to his home's attached garage in the 3800 block of Annettes Way in east Medford at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday and saw Bean inside, police said.
    A pack of muffins, a portable radio and some shotgun shells had already been swiped and piled outside.
    "When they make eye contact, they take off running," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    Bean fled, with Guyette close behind. Guyette pulled out his cellphone and called 911 as they ran. The chase lasted for about one-quarter mile down a foot path until Guyette took Bean to the ground. Police arrived and arrested Bean, who police said also had heroin on him.
    Bean has since been arraigned on the burglary, theft and heroin possession charges, according to court records. He has no additional felony criminal history in Jackson County.
    Police said they are grateful for the pursuit and detainment.
    "Had he not chased him, it would have been a tough case to try and solve," Budreau said, adding it was still a risky move, not knowing whether Bean was armed or what his demeanor would be once cornered.
    Guyette could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
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