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Burglar runs wild in southeast Medford neighborhoods

(See correction note below)

A string of burglaries and car break-ins across southeast Medford has police asking for help in tracking down the troublemaker.

Six burglaries and two car clouts were reported Monday, and three other burglaries and three more car break-ins have happened in the same general area since mid-December, police said.

At about 4:45 a.m. Monday, a patrol sergeant who was responding to a call about a suspicious person possibly breaking into cars saw a man running in the area of Golf View Drive and Miller Court, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

Officers and a police dog tracked the man through the neighborhood and received calls from residents who spotted the fleeing suspect, but they failed to catch him. The man was described as white and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt, Doney said.

Investigators said the burglaries have occurred overnight — mostly late at night or in the very early morning hours. The burglar enters garages through unlocked side doors, then goes through the vehicles inside. He also targets unlocked vehicles parked on the street or in driveways.

Items reported stolen include cash, credit cards, purses, electronics, tools and firearms, Doney said.

The crimes were reported in the 500 block of Hogan Avenue, 3500 block of Shamrock Drive, 900 block of Siskiyou Boulevard, 2800 block of La Mirada Drive, 2500 block of Argonne Avenue, 1100 block of Mira Mar Avenue, 3000 block of Century Way, 3200 block of Miller Court, 2000 block of Westerlund Drive, 900 block of Black Oak Drive, 3000 block of Lazy Creek Drive and the 2200 block Hillcrest Road.

Doney reminded people not to leave valuables in parked cars and to lock vehicles and secure all garage doors. Security lighting is recommended, he said.

Doney also suggested that people be "nosy neighbors," keeping an eye out for suspicious people or vehicles in their neighborhoods and calling police if they see something out of the ordinary.

Anyone with information about the recent spate of break-ins should call, too, he said. Information that leads to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000, sponsored by Sonitrol.

Call police at 774-2230 or Crime Stoppers at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328).

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.

Correction: The original headline on this story gave an incorrect location. This version has been created.