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Medford burglary suspect arrested

Medford police arrested a 29-year-old man early Friday who is suspected of burglarizing four Medford businesses near Hawthorne Park.

Matthew James Collier was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on a count of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree burglary, and three counts of second-degree criminal mischief, according to Jackson County Jail records.

Police responded at 2 a.m. to a business alarm at the Minute Market located at the intersection of East Main and Hawthorne streets, according to a Medford police news release. Police couldn't find any evidence of a crime at the business, but they did see damage to the doors of two businesses nearby — Dutch Bros Coffee and Nu Way Cleaners, both located in the 600 block of East Main Street.

While police investigated, they spotted a man running from the area carrying "a large amount of property in his arms," the release said. The property included a cash box, cash and two iPads.

"He even had the rock that he used to break the window," said Medford police Deputy Chief Scott Clauson.

The Nest Salon and Day Spa, on Hawthorne Street, and Opal Tree Skin Care, in the 800 block of East Main Street, were also targeted, police said. At each business, Collier reportedly broke in by smashing glass on doors.

Police chased Collier and were able to catch him after a short foot pursuit, the release said.

"The alarm is what really helped in this," Clauson said. "It basically solved this."

Collier was the second person arrested this week for business burglaries in Medford. On Monday, police arrested Mark Dahlin, 43, for burglaries at Hiro Sushi, in the 3600 block of Aviation Way, and The Country Store, in the 1600 block of Kings Highway. Dahlin remained lodged in jail Friday on $160,000 bail.

Just before Dahlin's arrest, Medford police said they had been responding to business burglaries almost nightly, with burglars targeting a variety of shops around town, including bakeries, restaurants, golf courses, salons, flower shops, rural stores, markets and construction sites.

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

Matthew James Collier