Joshua Lines

Man accused of burglarizing hospitalized friend

A Medford man faces a felony burglary charge alleging he stole a TV and PlayStation from a friend who was in the emergency room being treated for a gunshot wound.

Joshua Dean Lines, 31, of the 800 block of Broad Street, faces a felony first-degree burglary charge and misdemeanor theft charges for allegedly entering Matthew Atkinson's home and stealing his TV and PlayStation while Atkinson was under the knife.

Lines was with Atkinson in the early-morning hours of March 25 when John Robert Hermann allegedly shot Atkinson with a rifle in the 200 block of Chestnut Street, according to documents filed by Medford police in Lines' case.

After the shooting, Lines rode with Atkinson's mother, who drove them to Providence Medford Medical Center. Atkinson was admitted to the emergency room just after 3 a.m., where he was treated for a non-life-threatening wound. 

While Atkinson was in surgery, Lines allegedly stole Atkinson's keys and used them to enter his home. Surveillance footage allegedly captured Atkinson stealing electronics from the home.

Lines was indicted Monday and released due to jail overcrowding. He is scheduled to appear again in court Friday.

While serving a warrant March 31, Medford police allegedly found a full syringe in Lines' pocket containing heroin, according to a separate case filed in court. Lines has other pending felony heroin and methamphetamine possession charges and misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges, court records show.

Hermann pleaded not guilty April 3 to charges of attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence in the shooting. 

Hermann and Stephanie Van Cleave allegedly conspired to injure Atkinson in a dispute over money, Medford police say.

In a separate case, Hermann faces first-degree criminal mischief and coercion charges after he allegedly attempted to escape from the jail.

Atkinson has warrants out for his arrest after failing to appear in court on several open felony cases charging him with possessing heroin and hydrocodone, failing to report as a sex offender and attempting to elude police in a vehicle.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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