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Medford man arrested on burglary charge in Douglas County

A Medford man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a home and two vehicles in Douglas County, before being chased away by two women who lived there, according to a news release.

Michael Lowell Gilligan, 30, was being held without bail Thursday in the Douglas County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, second-degree theft, and third-degree criminal mischief.

A woman who lives in the 1900 block of Glide Loop Drive in Glide awoke early Wednesday morning to find a man in her kitchen, the release said. She and another woman who lived there chased him off, and one of the women took a picture of him. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and Oregon State Police identified the man as Gilligan after seeing the photo. Police later found Gilligan walking on North Umpqua Highway with a backpack and, reportedly, saw him enter a vehicle owned by the Glide School District, and arrested him.

Police allege Gilligan stole the backpack from another vehicle he broke into. He also had a gallon of milk and some beets, which police suspect were stolen, too. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at 541-440-4471 and refer to case number 20-4875.

Gilligan is also charged with first-degree criminal mischief in a separate felony case out of Jackson County that occurred in May. In that case, police allege Gilligan caused “well over $1,000” of damage to several vehicles in a Medford motel parking lot, allegedly smashing out one of the vehicle’s back windows with a large cinder block when the owner was sitting inside, a probable cause affidavit said. Gilligan’s next court appearance in that case is scheduled for Nov. 30, according to court records.

Reach Mail Tribune web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com.