Daytime burglar caught wearing stolen clothes

A man who allegedly broke into a home and stole clothes this morning was swiftly apprehended, thanks in part to an alert neighbor and police who chased him after finding him at the scene of the crime.

Medford police arrested Andrew Antonio James, 29, Thursday on felony burglary and misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief charges after he allegedly burglarized a home about 8:30 this morning in the 3500 block of Princeton Way, according to Medford police.

The neighbor, which didn't recognize James, called police after spotting him breaking and entering, according to a press release issued by Medford police. Officers responded within minutes, and caught James leaving through the front door of the home.

A short foot chase ensued, and police ultimately captured James in the parking lot of Hillcrest Business Park, about a block from the home.

As of Wednesday afternoon, James remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $30,000 bail. The Jackson County District Attorney's Office had not yet filed charges in the case.

Court records show James has a limited criminal history involving misdemeanors and mental health issues. James was convicted of harassment in 2008, and found guilty except for insanity in 2009 on misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault, second-degree and first-degree trespassing.

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