Burglar strikes east Medford homes

Police are on the trail of a daylight burglar who they think has struck at least four east Medford homes.

On Tuesday, an intruder broke into homes in the 2200 block of Dellwood Avenue and the 2500 block of Sandy Terrace. The homes are within a few blocks of each other near Holmes Park.

Medford police Deputy Chief Tim George said the suspect forced his way into the homes while the residents were at work.

"One of the burglaries happened just after 8 a.m.," George said. "The victim had just left to go to work."

George said daytime burglaries are less common than ones which occur after hours.

"This suspect doesn't seem to mind that the sun is up when he hits," George said.

The burglar is suspected for breaking into two other homes in a nearby area, George said.

"So far we've got him for four burglaries," George said. "There could be more that have not been reported yet."

A neighbor on Tuesday saw a man in the area at about the time the burglaries occurred. The witness described him as a white adult, between 40 to 50 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing between 225 and 250 pounds. The witness described him as "husky" with a "weathered face" that has some pockmarks.

He wore a dark zip-up jacket, blue jeans and a knit cap with three cones on top. The hat had ear coverings with blue strings off each side.

Among the items he stole from the homes were a gun, jewelry and a "JanSport" backpack.

George said people living in the area should keep a close watch on their neighbors' properties.

"If you see someone suspicious in their back yard, don't hesitate in calling us," he said.

One way to guard against burglars is to leave a light on inside your home at all times and to fortify your windows and doors, George said.

"If you have a flimsy back door or window, you might want to look into replacing it," he said. "If it takes someone a while to break in, they usually head somewhere else."

Medford police sketch artist Chuck Steinberg spoke with the witness Friday and completed a composite sketch of the suspect.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or knows anything about the burglaries is asked to call Medford police Detective Bill Ford at 541-774-2236.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribue.com.

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