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Man turns himself in for Thanksgiving Day burglary

A hospital patient turned himself in Tuesday for a Thanksgiving Day burglary at The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, 613 E. Main St., Medford.

Luke Jacob Phelps, 25, was at Providence Medford Medical Center when he decided to turn himself in, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said Wednesday. An officer went to the hospital to interview Phelps and after medical staff checked Phelps, he was arrested.

He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief, stemming from the burglary on Thanksgiving. Additional charges of attempted second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief are linked to Phelps alleged attempts to break into the same pharmacy again recently, Doney said.

Phelps remained in jail Wednesday on $18,000 bail.

A burglar alarm at The Medicine Shoppe alerted police at about 4:40 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A burglar had slipped through roof vents to get inside the pharmacy and steal Vicodin. He fled before police arrived.

Phelps told police that he had broken in that day and attempted to break in again the same way in the past few days, but couldn't get in.

Doney said addictions are a common motive in pharmacy burglaries that target pain medication. This year two other Medford pharmacies, one in Rogue River and several in Josephine County have had break-ins where prescription pain medication was taken.