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Arrests made in Monday burglary

Arrests made in Monday burglary

Three arrests Monday after an early-morning break-in at a Medford cycle shop lead police to believe they have broken up a ring of mobile thieves who have burglarized area drive-up coffee stands and small businesses in recent weeks, authorities said.

Medford police officers quickly responding to a 12:47 a.m. burglary alarm at Sims Cycle and Fitness store first captured Cory Freiberg, 18, transient, trying to pedal away on a &

36;2,000 mountain bike taken in the break-in, according to the Medford Police Department.

Police said Freiberg was one of three suspects who scattered on stolen bikes when officers arrived.

the time police captured the last of four suspects later Monday, Freiberg was facing six burglary charges for helping smash windows in coffee stands and shops and quickly making off with cash or merchandise before police arrived, detectives said.

We've had coffee stands from White City to Talent broken into, and we think they're all related, Medford police Sgt. Tim Doney said. We still suspect Freiberg has some knowledge of some of these other window-smashings.

— We're not convinced we have everyone in the coffee-stand burglaries. But we at least have one of them.

Freiberg was taken into custody on one count of first-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree burglary, one count each of attempted second-degree burglary and first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief.

He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, and later arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on one count each of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, and first-degree criminal mischief, court records show. His bail was set at &

36;25,000.

Police later found and arrested Freiberg's two alleged accomplices in the Sims break-in: Michael Bannister II, 18, of the 200 block of North Ivy Street, Medford; and Robert Chamberlain, 33, of the 700 block of Royal Avenue, Medford.

Both men were jailed and later arraigned on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief. Both remained Monday in jail, with Bannister's bail set at &

36;35,000 and Chamberlain's bail set at &

36;25,000, a jail spokeswoman said.

Police also arrested Jamal Middleton, a 19-year-old transient, on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail in lieu of &

36;24,000 bail.

Police suspect Middleton accompanied Freiberg in a burglary of a North Oakdale Avenue apartment earlier that night, Doney said. The apartment's door was kicked in and the apartment was ransacked while the residents were gone, police said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail