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Burglar uses window punch in Medford golf club burglary

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said a burglar used a window punch tool early Tuesday morning to break into Medford’s Centennial Golf Club and steal $4,500 worth of golf clubs.

Deputies responded to a business alarm at 3:36 a.m. and found a broken glass door in the clubhouse of the business on North Phoenix Road. Phoenix and Talent police helped to establish a perimeter, said Mike Moran, the sheriff’s department public information officer.

The golf club’s security video showed the break-in occurring at about 3:27 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect was a male wearing a white over gray-colored windbreaker jacket, the hood tightly drawn over his head. He also wore blue jeans, white tennis shoes and gloves. No additional physical descriptions were available.

“It sounds like his face was covered up pretty good,” Moran said.

The suspect reportedly used a window punch — a sharp tool with an almost needle-like point commonly used by emergency services personnel to break window glass — to break in through a back door on the facility’s northern side. Once inside, the suspect stole 13 golf clubs from a shop display, Centennial General Manager Brian Sackett said. The suspect did not take a bag to carry the clubs, he added.

The stolen clubs, including eight Callaway Mavrik drivers, four Titleist drivers and one Ping driver.

The man was last seen running toward the northwest away from the clubhouse. The cost of replacing the damaged glass from the break-in was not immediately available. The golf course is open for business as usual, Sackett said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 541-774-6800.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.