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Car Thefts On The Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. – Car thefts are on the rise in Medford and in the last month officers are dealing with more unusual cases. So far this year, Medford has had more than 126 reported car thefts.

Last Sunday, police said a Jeep was stolen and set on fire that suspect eluded police. Then last night another car was stolen, resulting in a car chase and crash. Eagle Point officers arrested 25-year-old David Brennan.

β€œHe could possibly be involved in similar cases, such as the one on Sunday, because what we find is that once we do catch somebody, they’re often responsible for multiple cases, not just one,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Police say, typically, cars are stolen because the driver leaves their cars inside their vehicle with the doors unlocked. They said criminals take vehicles to commit additional crimes or to steal parts.