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Suspected thieves in custody

MEDFORD — A pair of suspected thieves were jailed after police linked them to a monthlong string of burglaries and car break-ins across southeast Medford, officials said.

A Medford police SWAT team descended on a home in the 100 block of Cottage Street at 7 a.m. Thursday after receiving word that their burglary suspect was living there.

They arrested Kenneth Charles King, 21, and charged him with four counts of first-degree burglary and four counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

Because King is on parole for a previous robbery charge, he was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Meanwhile, other Medford officers served a search warrant at the Motel 6 at 950 Alba Drive after developing leads suggesting King's accomplice was renting a room there.

They arrested Tyler Anthony Boyd, 29, on a charge of second-degree theft. He was lodged in jail on $4,000 bail.

"We believe these two ran amok for about a month," Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. "We are hoping to make more arrests and add additional charges against them."

In all, 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.

Police recovered some of the items from the crimes Tuesday morning. They have contacted local pawnshop owners to track down more of the victims' belongings.

Detectives said the burglaries have occurred during the night and the early morning hours. The suspect entered garages through unlocked side doors, then picked through the vehicles inside. He also targeted unlocked vehicles parked on the street or in driveways.

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

Anyone who might have purchased property from King or Boyd is asked to call Medford Detective Tony Young at 774-2244.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.