Homeowner Catches Burglar

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Around 7:38 a.m. on Thursday, February 20th, police were called to the 600 block of N. Berkeley Way to respond to a burglary call. Police arrived at the residence and took the suspect, Anthony Paul Mathis,  into custody without incidence.

Just a few minutes earlier, Mathis was seen by a homeowner breaking into his pick-up truck at the 1600 block of Lenora Drive. After hearing the glass break, the victim saw Mathis take a backpack out of his truck and take off running. The victim then proceeded to chase Mathis down the street, but lost sight of him near N. Berkeley Way.

A resident on N. Berkeley Way saw the incident and spoke with the victim about the details of the crime. After they spoke, the resident of N. Berkeley Drive entered his home to find the suspect hiding in his attached garage. The resident told Mathis to stay put while he called 911.

Police mentioned that in addition to the vehicle and garage, Mathis also broke into three other vehicles in the area, stealing tools and various electronics. Police believe the suspect to be under the influence of heroine. He was logged and charged with the following:

Mathis, Anthony Paul
19 years old
Address: Unknown

• Burglary 2nd Degree
• Theft 2nd Degree
• Trespass 1st Degree
• Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
• Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle (4 counts)

Bail: $31,000