Medford police make arrests after burglar returns to tech companies

Police have arrested a homeless man suspected of returning to burglarize high-tech companies in downtown Medford twice in the past two weeks.

A second homeless man suspected of assisting in one of the break-ins and a man believed to have ended up with the stolen goods also were arrested, police said in a news release today.

Joseph Perez Knox Miyazaki, 42, was found at the Medford Gospel Mission and arrested on two counts each of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft, and three counts of second-degree criminal mischief.

Cameron Manning, 22, was found at a homeless camp on the Bear Creek Greenway near Bear Creek Park and arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.

David Sumner Jones, 50, of the 800 block of East Ninth Street, was arrested on a first-degree theft charge after reportedly stolen goods were found at his home, police said.

The first burglary that police pinned on Miyazaki happened on the afternoon of May 18 and was discovered May 20. Surveillance video shows a burglar checking doors on the second floor of the Sparta Building at 16 N. Riverside Ave., then kicking open the door to Acme Computers, a technology services company. He took $1,700 worth of cash and computer repair tools, police reported.

The second burglary was reported at 9:18 p.m. Monday. Again, video surveillance showed the man police ultimately identified as Miyazaki and another man in the historic building breaking into two businesses — Acme Computers and AAXIS Commerce, which provides e-commerce programs.

The burglars made off with roughly $5,000 in property, which included a 50-inch television, two laptop computers, video conference equipment, cash and other miscellaneous items, police said.

An officer reviewing the video recognized the two men in it as people he had cited for drinking in Hawthorne Park and being in the park after closing and knew one of the men was staying at the Gospel Mission. Investigators found Miyazaki there and recovered some of the stolen items.

They then tracked Manning to the creekside encampment, where they found additional items taken in the burglary.

The continuing investigation then led to Jones' home on Ninth Street. Police determined he hadn't participated in the burglary, but did receive some of the stolen goods, which were found at the home.

All three men were lodged in Jackson County Jail on Tuesday, but have since been released, jail records show.

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