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Medford police name burglary suspect, but haven't caught him

Police have identified a man suspected of at least four daylight burglaries in east Medford and two in Phoenix.

Investigators believe the burglaries were committed by Matthew Keith Bertrand, 29, and are asking the public to help them track him down.

Bertrand was spotted earlier today walking in the area of Edgemont Drive in south Medford. Bertrand fled when he spotted the officers and disappeared before they established a perimeter to entrap him, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

Bertrand is suspected of breaking into homes in the 2200 block of Dellwood Avenue and the 2500 block of Sandy Terrace last week. The homes are within a few blocks of each other near Holmes Park.

Officers said he forced his way into the homes while the residents were at work.

He is suspected of breaking into two additional homes in a nearby area in Medford and two homes in Phoenix, Hansen said.

Among the items reported stolen from the homes were guns, jewelry and a JanSport brand backpack.

The firearms were stolen from the home on Dellwood Avenue.

"The firearms are a concern because now he could be armed," Hansen said.

Bertrand is described as a white man who stands 6 feet, 3 three inches tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes. Hansen said Bertrand appears older than he is because of his history of drug abuse.

He has past convictions for possession of methamphetamine, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault. He has a warrant for his arrest in an October 2010 theft case.

"He is a career burglar," Hansen said. "We are hoping that if anyone sees him or knows where he's staying they will call us and get him off the street before he causes any more heartache."

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or knows anything about the burglaries is asked to call Medford police Detective Bill Ford at 541-774-2250.

— Chris Conrad

Medford police released this photo of Matthew Keith Bertrand.