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Break-in damages ballfield Subway

A homeless man and a Medford teen are suspected of prying their way into a Subway sandwich stand at U.S. Cellular Community Park early Monday morning and making off with chips, candy and cold cuts, causing at least $3,700 damage in the process, Medford police said.

Police were summoned to the park at about 3:40 a.m. by a caller who heard noises and found a man and teenage boy trying to pry open a toppled soda vending machine at the sandwich stand that serves the park's complex of ball fields.

Officers found that the metal grate over the stand's window had been pried open and someone had gone inside, smashed a surveillance camera, made some sandwiches and taken displays of candy and chips, Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said. A sink had been clogged and overflowed onto the floor. A soda machine just outside had been tipped over.

Police found Craig Matthew Willard, 33, and a 16-year-old boy walking along the nearby soccer fields. Budreau said the two told an officer that they were hungry and had no money so they had gone inside the Subway. Officers reported finding 61 candy bars, 16 bags of chips and a package of sliced meat inside Willard's backpack.

Willard was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second-degree theft, second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. The teenage boy was cited on the same charges and released to his parents.

Budreau said the break-in caused an estimated $1,500 worth of damage to the stand, and $2,000 worth of damage to the vending machine. It also caused the loss of about $200 worth of food that had to be disposed of because of the unauthorized access.