A string of burglaries and car break-ins across southeast Medford has police asking for help in tracking down the troublemaker.

A string of burglaries and car break-ins across southeast Medford has police asking for help in tracking down the troublemaker.

Six burglaries and two car clouts were reported Monday, and three other burglaries and three more car break-ins had happened in the same general area since mid-December, police said.

At about 4:45 a.m. Monday, a patrol sergeant responding to a call of a suspicious person possibly breaking into cars saw a man running in the area of Golf View Drive and Miller Court, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

Officers and a police dog tracked the man through the neighborhood and received calls from residents who spotted the fleeing suspect, but couldn't catch him. The man was described as white and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt, Doney said.

Investigators said the burglaries have occurred overnight — mostly late at night or in the very early morning hours. The burglar enters garages through unlocked side doors, then goes through the vehicles inside. He also targets unlocked vehicles parked on the street or in driveways.

Items reported stolen include cash, credit cards, purses, electronics, tools and firearms, Doney said.

He reminds people not to leave valuables in parked cars and to lock vehicles and secure all garage doors. Security lighting is recommended, he said.

Doney also suggests that people be "nosy neighbors," keeping an eye out for any suspicious people or vehicles in their neighborhoods and calling police if they see something out of the ordinary.

Anyone with information about the recent spate of break-ins should call, too, he said. Information that leads to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000, sponsored by Sonitrol.

Call police at 774-2230 or Crime Stoppers at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328).

— Anita Burke