Authorities make arrest in string of burglaries

MEDFORD — A set of fingerprints lifted off a car led police to the man police believe is responsible for a series of bold Medford home burglaries, officials said.

Frederick Leonard Allinson, 31, was charged with four counts of first-degree burglary and seven counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle Friday after police searched his home on Delta Waters Road and found items stolen from two homes and several cars, Medford police Sgt. Kevin Walruff said.

"This was a great catch," Walruff said. "Now we are looking to find the rightful owners of the items we found in the home; it's tedious work."

Police said a set of fingerprints found on one of the cars that was broken into during a brazen string of two car break-ins and two home burglaries early Tuesday were Allinson's.

Allinson is accused of slipping through an unlocked door of a home in the 2900 block of North Keene Way Drive, where he allegedly stole a woman's purse while she slept.

In addition, he was charged with the burglary of a home in the 2000 block of Stockel Court, during which he reportedly entered an unlocked garage door and took electronics and a wallet from a car parked inside.

The owner was asleep inside the house, which is attached to the garage.

At another address in the 2000 block of Stockel Court, Allinson reportedly snatched a wallet from a parked car. At another address in the same block, a car window was smashed, but nothing was taken.

Medford police detectives Justin Ivens and Bill Ford spent most of the day Friday combing the Delta Waters Road home, sifting through merchandise that could be returned to the owner, Walruff said.

"There was a large amount of property inside the home," Walruff said. "It will take some time to sort out."

Meanwhile, Allinson was questioned by police and later lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $108,000 bail.

Allinson has a previous conviction of vehicle theft out of Lane County in 2006, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail

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