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Man suspected in car break-ins found hiding in garage

Neighbors teamed up to nab a burglary suspect this morning after he broke into a pickup, then ran and hid in a nearby garage, Medford police said.

Police believe Anthony Paul Mathis, 19, was under the influence of heroin when he allegedly smashed a truck window to steal a backpack before running about block and hiding in an east Medford garage, a police news release said.

A Lenora Drive resident heard glass break at about 7:30 a.m. and saw a man stealing a backpack out of his truck parked in the 1600 block of Lenora Drive. The truck's owner ran after the suspected thief, but lost sight of him about a block away in the 600 block of North Berkeley Way.

A Berkeley Way homeowner saw the commotion and came out to talk to the man who was giving chase. Having learned about the crime, he returned to his home and found Mathis hiding inside his garage.

The homeowner told Mathis to stay put and called police, the news release said.

Mathis is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, second- and third-degree theft, first-degree trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief and four counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, jail records show. His bail is set at $31,000.

Police believe Mathis is responsible for three additional vehicle break-ins in the neighborhood, stealing electronics and tools, the release said.

— Sam Wheeler