Two boys admit to burglary

A pair of 14-year-olds face burglary charges after two men chased them down in east Medford and held them for police after they allegedly tried to break into a home.

Medford police arrested the teens Tuesday on charges of attempted burglary, two counts of first-degree burglary, and assault. One remains lodged at the Jackson County juvenile detention center, and the other was released on house arrest after the pair's arraignment Wednesday, police said.

The boys were hit with the first-degree burglary charges after admitting responsibility for two other burglaries in the area, one reported on Dec. 15 in the 2600 block of Brookside Drive, Medford, and another on Dec. 16 in the 2800 block of Pennington Drive, Medford, police said.

Police said they believe the boys were attempting to burglarize a home in the 1800 block of Cascadia Circle — several blocks east of North Medford High School — when two neighbors spotted them in the yard of the residence. One neighbor, a women, called police. Her son ran to confront the teens, who fought with him before running off.

Shortly after, Dale Jacobs, 33, Medford, was driving west on Lone Pine Road when he saw a woman standing on the sidewalk screaming at someone.

"I decided that I had better stop," Jacobs said.

The women was the neighbor who reported the 14-year-old burglars to police as they assaulted her son and ran.

Jacobs said he heard the woman's story and asked another neighbor what the two boys looked like, then circled the block looking for them.

"I drove around the block and saw two guys walking, dressed in black with a backpack on, and breathing hard ... . I couldn't believe it was them," Jacobs said.

Jacobs said he jumped out of his vehicle and told the boys not to run, and that the police were coming.

"They immediately took off running," he said.

Jacobs said he chased after the pair and tackled one of them, but the 14-year-old was able to struggle free. Jacobs caught up with them again when another resident, whom police did not identify, tackled one of the boys after he hopped over a gate.

After catching up, Jacobs put one of the boys in a headlock and waited for the approaching police to find him.

"Let me tell you, he is a biter," said Jacobs, "He was latched on to my forearm and I was just trying to hold on until police showed up," he said.

Jacobs said the other teen just sat down on the curb and waited for the police, after his friend was tackled the last time.

Jacobs said he wasn't sure why he decided to stop and chase after the teens, but he thought that anyone is his position would have done the same thing.

"The only person pursuing them was a 105-pound lady, and I figured that if these guys were brazen enough to rob a place in broad daylight who knows what they will do to this lady."

The initial reports from the Dec.15 and 16 burglaries show that $4,300 worth of jewelry and miscellaneous clothes were reported stolen from the two homes.

Police did recover some of the missing items from the first two burglaries, but did not have an estimated value or item list of what they recovered, said Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen.

In both instances the teens entered the empty homes by forcing open windows.

Hansen said officers were appreciative of the actions taken by the neighbors and Jacobs, but they cautioned that calling the police and being a good witness may be the best action to take when witnessing a crime.

"If they can be an extra set of eyes and ears for us, that alone can help out tremendously," Hansen said.

"We just don't want them getting hurt."

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