Police: Teen jacks up garage door to break in; then door drops

Medford firefighters had to rescue a teenager whose scheme to break into a vacant house by prying open the garage with a jack collapsed on him.

The 17-year-old boy escaped serious injury but will face a trespassing charge, Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

Around midnight Sunday, the boy lifted the garage door at an empty home on the 3400 block of Blueblossom Drive in southeast Medford with a jack from a car and crept under the door, Budreau said. The jack failed, dropping the door onto the boy and pinning him underneath.

Around 3 a.m. Monday, the boy's mother noticed the teen wasn't in his bed. She searched the house, then stepped outside, where she could see his legs protruding from the garage in the neighbor's driveway, Budreau said.

She couldn't free him, so she called 9-1-1 for help. Firefighters ultimately had to break into the house to get to the garage door opener and unpin the boy. He was treated and released at a local hospital, them cited on a charge of trespassing, Budreau said.

"He learned a valuable lesson," Budreau said, noting that the teen was lucky not to have been seriously injured by the door. He also could have faced burglary charges if the home had been occupied, Budreau said.

— Anita Burke

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