Suspected burglar to plead guilty

A man tied to a series of east Medford burglaries last year is scheduled to be sentenced for his crimes on June 2 in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Beau Justin Hobbs, 31, faces multiple felony charges for the burglary spree he went on in the summer and fall of 2010.

Police say Hobbs targeted east Medford homes, in which he stole jewelry, medications and a handgun.

"We often see burglary suspects taking guns from homes," Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said. "They are easy to sell and they can get a good chunk of change for them on the black market."

Medford detectives were able to link Hobbs to the burglaries and eventually tracked him down to the Talent work release center, where Hobbs was lodged for previous crimes.

Hobbs was indicted on six first-degree burglary charges, two charges of first-degree theft and a charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Hobbs fled to California rather than appear in court on the charges, Hansen said.

He soon was tracked down in California and extradited to Oregon, where he was lodged in the Jackson County Jail May 4. He remains there today on $160,000 bail.

Detectives built their cases against Hobbs by scanning items logged into a database by local pawn shops. Several items taken by Hobbs appeared in shops in Medford and Grants Pass, Hansen said.

Hobbs forced his way into the homes by breaking windows and other means, Hansen said.

Court records show that Hobbs has in the past lived on Hondeleau Lane in east Medford, which is near some of the burglaries.

Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert did not comment on the pending plea and sentencing.

She did say that some of Hobbs' victims planned to speak at his sentencing on June 2.

Hobbs has a lengthy criminal history for crimes including witness tampering and trespassing.

— Chris Conrad

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