Burglaries on the Rise in Rogue Valley

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Burglaries are up throughout the Rogue Valley, law enforcement agencies have been investigating several burglary incidents involving homes, grocery stores and and even construction sites.

On Monday, Ashland Police arrested three boys, ages 12 and 13, for allegedly burglarizing the Ashland Albertson’s store and the neighboring Rite Aid. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out who stole $9,000 worth of construction tools from a site in the 1000 block of Nepenthe Street in Ashland last week.

Medford Police are looking for suspects in a string of burglaries, spanning from Cloudcrest Drive to Hillcrest. Medford Police say neighborhoods in east Medford have been hit hard lately, and in last month, 8 residential burglaries happened in this area and another 3 have occurred already in April. This goes along with a spike in burglaries Medford and other cities around the Rogue Valley have seen.

Ashland Police report an increase from 15 to 21 burglaries through the first three months of this year as compared to 2012. Medford Police say residential burglaries have increased more than 30 percent through January and February. Medford Police are concerned about how bold and desperate the burglars in the east Medford neighborhoods have been and say it could escalate to a confrontation.

“These suspects actually broke into three separate homes that were all occupied at the time and that’s rare. Anytime you have a burglar willing to break into an occupied home, you have the potential for a confrontation that the suspect is going to be well aware of, but the homeowner is not,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Police believe the rise in break-ins can be tied to the drug addiction problem and as some addicts become more desperate for money to buy drugs, they become more bold in their burglaries.