Medford teens held after break-in, party

A break-in at a liquor store and then at a vacant house for a drinking party has resulted in burglary charges against three Medford teenagers.

Neighbors heard suspicious noises and reported people trespassing at a vacant house in the 500 block of Haven Street, Medford at about 1:30 a.m. today, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. The teens tried to flee when officers arrived to investigate, but a boy and a girl, each 15, were detained at the vacant home. Another 15-year-old boy was later found at his home on Fairmount Street.

Police also found liquor bottles at the Haven Street house and linked them to a burglary at a liquor store about a hour and a half earlier, Doney said.

An alarm summoned police to a liquor store at 1260 W. Main St. when the glass door was broken just before midnight. The burglars had snatched bottles and fled by the time police arrived.

After reviewing the evidence and interviewing the three teens, police lodged the two boys at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of second-degree burglary linked to the store break-in and a charge of first-degree burglary linked to the break-in at the vacant house. State law classifies residential break-ins as first-degree burglaries and break-ins at other buildings where no one lives as second-degree burglaries. The girl, who apparently joined the boys after the liquor store caper, was cited on a first-degree burglary charge and released to her parents.

Police also are investigating whether the teens might have been involved in a similar smash-and-grab burglary at the same liquor store at about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 16.

— Anita Burke

Share This Story