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Police arrest suspect in string of burglaries

A Medford man was arrested Monday on suspicion of pilfering close to $7,000 in electronics from several businesses and a home over a three-week period in March.

Jonathan Paul McDonald, 25, described by police as a Medford transient, was booked in the Jackson County Jail on three counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree burglary and one count of first-degree burglary, according to jail records. His bail was set at $50,000.

Medford police said McDonald broke into the Sprint store at 1390 Biddle Road on March 11 and stole four cellphones.

Authorities said McDonald then broke into an AT&T store at 1730 Delta Waters Road on March 14 and stole a computer monitor.

On March 19, police said, McDonald forced open a side door of a home in the 1900 block of Layla Drive when the residents were not home and stole two televisions, a laptop computer and three watches.

Police said they were able to link McDonald to the Layla Drive burglary using "forensic evidence," but declined to discuss specifics.

McDonald also stole two computers on March 29 from Connecting Point Computers, 545 Stevens St., police alleged.

"Earlier in the day, employees noticed that he was in there looking at the exact items that were stolen during the burglary," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

The value of the stolen property totaled $6,900, police said.

At 6 p.m. Monday, detectives saw McDonald driving in the 700 block of Crater Lake Avenue. They pulled him over and arrested him without incident.

Budreau said McDonald admitted to his involvement in the burglaries, but none of the stolen property has been recovered.

"We believe that the property was traded or sold for drugs or money to get drugs," Budreau said. "Unfortunately it's probably changed hands so many times, it's not going to be recovered."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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