MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man is facing charges in connection with nearly a dozen burglaries at local businesses. Police say it all started with a break in at the Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity.
The Habitat for Humanity Re-Store was broken in to a week before Thanksgiving, and the thief made off with three laptops and a computer, but volunteers who looked at the surveillance pictures thought the suspect looked like he knew what he was after. So, they began pouring over hours of tapes to find him.
The volunteers saw a man who looked similar to suspect inside the Re-Store the day before, moving items around. He also just happened to have signed up to be a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, so they had his name, address, and date of birth.
On December 7th, police arrested 47-year-old Jerry McDonald. Police say McDonald is also responsible for 10 other burglaries in the days and weeks after the Habitat for Humanity break-in – that included three burglaries at Jackson County Physical Therapy, and break-ins at restaurants, tire stores, and salons.
Medford Police say they have recovered some of the items stolen in the burglaries, but the executive director of Habitat for Humanity says they have not found any of their stolen property.