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Sheriff's department investigates twice-burglarized restaurant case

EAGLE POINT — An Eagle Point restaurant has been burglarized twice over a three-month period, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department is looking to the public for help solving the crimes.

Juan's El Caporal Mexican Restaurant, in the 14000 block of Highway 62, was the target of burglars in October and December break-ins.

The first incident took place about 3 a.m. Oct. 18. Someone broke in through a window and stole a safe, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash and business documents, according to Sgt. Julie Denney. A burglar also broke in through a window in the second case, which occurred just before 6 a.m. Dec. 18. In that case, cash, a laptop and a Sawzall tool were taken.

The total dollar amount for both burglaries was not available. Now deputies are working on identifying a culprit.

"There is surveillance footage, and it shows a single (intruder) both times," Denney said. "There may have been somebody else involved, but we know inside the business there was one person."

In both cases, the burglar was inside the building for about 5 to 10 minutes, Denney said. The person caught on camera in the second break-in appears to be a male wearing a hat, a hooded camouflage jacket and a backpack. Police are working to enhance their physical description.

"We're still working on refining the surveillance footage to get a better view," Denney said. "It was dark when (both incidents) happened, which didn't help."

Anyone with information is asked to call or text Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580.

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