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Burglars target construction equipment

Police are asking for clues to help break a sophisticated Medford burglary spree in which tens of thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment was taken.

Multiple industrial businesses reported losses over the weekend involving a team of unknown men who were captured on surveillance video loading up a black cargo van with large industrial equipment, according to Medford police.

The burglaries occurred between Friday night and Saturday morning at Robinson Brothers Construction and Bullet Rentals, both located on Crater Lake Avenue, Peterson Cat Equipment on Biddle Road and United Rentals on West Main Street.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau described the burglaries as more sophisticated than most. The team of four burglars reportedly cut chain-link fencing to access the businesses and targeted high-value equipment that typically retails for thousands of dollars.

The thieves are described as Hispanic men who wore jeans, gloves and dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, according to surveillance footage, and used a black, early to mid-2000s model Ford Econoline cargo van to carry the construction equipment.

“The vehicle is rather unique,” Budreau said. “I would think officers would key in on that.”

Budreau said Bullet Rentals was the hardest-hit of the four burglarized businesses. Well over a dozen pieces of equipment were reported stolen at the business, including several Hilti jackhammers, a Wacker jumping jack compactor, several cut-off saws, multiple Generac brand generators, a walk-behind Husqvarna concrete saw, two sewer snakes and a mini rooter.

Anyone with information is asked to call Medford police and reference case 18-24661.

Suspects are recorded by surveillance cameras during a weekend burglary. Anyone with information is asked to call Medford police and reference case 18-24661.