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Eight business burglaries reported in Medford overnight

Burglars broke into eight businesses over a 12-hour period across Medford and swiped money from most of the cash registers before fleeing.

The incidents were reported between Tuesday, Jan. 14, and today. Medford police said the incidents were reported across Medford, adding to the uniqueness of the case.

"It's very unusual to have that many burglaries in that amount of time," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "They're all throughout the city. Usually, when we see a group of burglaries, they're in the same general location. You basically have the entire city being hit."

The businesses reporting break-ins are included below:

  • Weldon's Cleaners, 930 N. Phoenix Road;
  • Extreme Juice, 950 N. Phoenix Road;
  • InstaPrint, 26 S. Central Ave.;
  • Rapid Ink, 303 N. Bartlett Ave.;
  • Structures Hair Salon, 311 N. Bartlett Ave.;
  • Mike's Coffee, 924 S. Central Ave.;
  • Senor Sam's, 1234 S. Riverside Ave.;
  • Jackson Creek Pizza, 1590 Delta Waters Road, No. 112.

Police believe the suspects used a crowbar to pry back doors and windows. In some cases, they broke a glass door or window to get in. Between $50 and $100 was stolen from each cash register, Budreau said.

"There wasn't a lot of money left in the registers overnight," he said.

Each break-in attempt caused hundreds of dollars in additional damage to each business.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to an additional burglary attempt at Debby's Diner, reported at 5:11 a.m. Sheriff's deputies say grainy surveillance video shows a lone individual prying the door back until glass shattered. The suspect then entered and checked the register before fleeing empty-handed. A description was not available. Police say that event could be added to the list.

"I would certainly think it's going to be related to some if not all of our cases," Budreau said.

Police believe the suspects in the spree had transportation, making it easier to cast such a wide net.

"You basically have the entire city being hit," Budreau said.

Anyone with information regarding the spree should contact Medford police at 541-770-4783.

— Ryan Pfeil