Police name suspect in east Medford and Phoenix burglaries
Police have identified a man suspected of at least four daylight burglaries in east Medford and two in Phoenix.
Investigators believe the burglaries were committed by Matthew Keith Bertrand, 29, and are asking the public to help them track him down.
Bertrand was spotted earlier today walking in the 2300 block of East Barnett in southeast Medford, police said. Bertrand fled when he spotted the officers and disappeared before they established a perimeter to entrap him, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.
Bertrand is suspected of breaking into homes in the 2200 block of Dellwood Avenue and the 2500 block of Sandy Terrace last week. The homes are within a few blocks of each other near Holmes Park.
Officers said he forced his way into the homes while the residents were at work.
He is suspected of breaking into two additional homes in a nearby area in Medford and two homes in Phoenix, Hansen said.
Among the items reported stolen from the homes were guns, jewelry and a JanSport brand backpack.
The firearms were stolen from the home on Dellwood Avenue.
"The firearms are a concern because now he could be armed," Hansen said.
Bertrand is described as a white man who stands 6 feet 3 three inches tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes. Hansen said Bertrand appears older than he is because of his history of drug abuse.
He has past convictions for possession of methamphetamine, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault. He has a warrant for his arrest in an October 2010 theft case.
Medford police Deputy Chief Tim George said Bertrand might be a little lighter than the 225 pounds, which was his last listed weight.
"He is public enemy number one for the Medford Police Department right now," George said.
Neighbors in east Medford have been more vigilant since the burglaries were reported, George said.
"He is a career burglar," Hansen said. "We are hoping that if anyone sees him or knows where he's staying they will call us and get him off the street before he causes any more heartache."
Anyone who recognizes the suspect or knows anything about the burglaries is asked to call Medford police at 541-774-2250.
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