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Two Medford men charged in convenience store burglary

Two Medford men who allegedly broke into a convenience store to steal beer and cigarettes early Wednesday were jailed on burglary and theft charges.

Medford police arrested James Robert Bennett, 26, on two counts of second-degree burglary and charges of second-degree theft and menacing. The menacing charge stemmed from a report Tuesday evening that he had broken windows on a relative's car and threatened his mother while he was intoxicated and disorderly, police said.

Damion Michael Bevilacqua, 29, was arrested on two counts of second-degree burglary and a second-degree theft charge.

The two were arrested after a burglary alarm summoned police to the Thrifty Nifty Market, 223 W. Jackson St., at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The burglar alarm first went off at about 1 a.m., Sgt. Mark Bell said. Responding officers found the store secure that time, but a second alarm went off about 20 minutes later.

This time, officers saw two men fleeing and surrounded the area, forcing the suspects into hiding, police said.

Police dog Rudi searched the area and found Bevilacqua hiding in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of Haven Street. Bennett, who was hiding on a nearby rooftop, was seen trying to slip away into the darkness.

Both men were taken into custody. They were found to have beer, cigarettes and a video surveillance camera that appeared to have been taken from the market, Bell said.

A police report said the burglars had entered the store via roof access, then dropped through a ceiling panel.