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Significant burglary hits east Medford home

Burglars broke into an east Medford home and made off with nearly $30,000 worth of goods, including two cars that police are now looking for.

The incident was reported during the morning of Saturday, Nov. 1. Medford police said a man looking after a family member's home in the 2600 block of Hillcrest Road came to check on the residence and saw that a screen on a home's rear window had been pried off for access.

Inside the home, the unknown suspects swiped keys to two cars — a blue 2008 Kia Sedona with Oregon license plate 989 EMU and a tan Saturn Astra with Oregon license plate 435 ELC. They also stole an 80-inch television, a safe with personal effects, jewelry and a laptop computer, probably loading the items into the cars they took, investigators said. The estimated value for all stolen property is close to $30,000, police said.

Investigators are encouraging the public to keep an eye out for the stolen cars and report any sightings to Medford police at 541-770-4784. 

"We need to find these vehicles sooner rather than later," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "They're going to be of significant evidentiary value. The cars are the best piece of evidence we have going for us."

Another burglary happened less than 24 hours later at Oregon Mountain Coffee, 930 N. Phoenix Road. Suspects in that case shattered the front door and stole a small amount of cash from the register before bolting.

It's not known if the two break-ins are at the hands of the same suspects, but police believe the coffee shop burglary is related to an Oct. 18 incident where suspects broke into a Subway in the same shopping complex and stole several bags of chips and some sodas.

"Hillcrest is not really close to there," Budreau said. "It's a little bit of a jaunt to the other two business burglaries. It could be related, but we're not necessarily thinking so."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.