MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police have made an arrest in relation to a burglary investigation from February.
On February 5th, 2013, Medford Police responded to a burglary at “La Placita,” 2080 W. Main Street. The investigation revealed that at about 5:00 a.m., two unknown suspects entered the business through a piece of plywood where an air conditioning unit once sat. Video surveillance showed the suspects going through the business stealing items such as laptops, cell phones, watches, jewelry, and other electronics. The total loss was estimated to be about $11,100.
Due to the poor quality of the surveillance footage, police were unable to identify the two suspects. On the next day, however, Medford Police received a tip that the persons responsible for the burglary were at a residence in the first block of N. Columbus Avenue.
Detectives responded to the residence and ultimately located approximately $2,000 worth of items stolen from the burglary. Detectives determined that 23-year-old Joshua Massey was involved in the crime. Detectives also determined that 30-year-old Daniel Ballard was also involved, but not on scene.
At the time, Ballard was being sought by police for running from the Jackson County Transition Center on January 17th, 2013 and had several warrants for his arrest. On March 5th, police got a tip that Ballard was on an RVTD bus in Medford. Police pulled the bus over, but Ballard was able to escape from the bus and grab his bicycle attached to the front. An officer attempted to use a Taser on Ballard while fleeing on his bicycle, but the Taser was not effective and Ballard continued to flee.
Other officers caught up to Ballard on Berrydale Avenue, near Table Rock Road. Ballard complied with orders to get on the ground, where he was taken into custody without further incident. Detectives interviewed Ballard regarding his involvement in the burglary and aggravated theft. He was then lodged for those charges as well as the outstanding warrants.