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Southern Oregon Public Defenders building vandalized overnight

Police do not yet have a suspect in the crime, which appeared to be targeted.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 5:25 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2019 6:13 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Someone smashed through one of the front doors of the Southern Oregon Public Defenders, Inc. in Medford over Monday night, Medford Police have confirmed.

Lieutenant Mike Budreau said that the person or people responsible threw a tire rim through the glass door, shattering it. However, Budreau said, there was no evidence that they tried to get into the building — it appeared to be an act of targeted vandalism.

A second set of glass doors behind the first were apparently unharmed in the crime.

NewsWatch 12 reached out to the Southern Oregon Public Defenders, but they declined to comment.

Lt. Budreau said that there were no security cameras in the immediate area that would have caught a glimpse of the suspect(s).

The case remains under investigation and MPD did not indicate that there were any suspects at this time. This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update the article with more details as they emerge.

While there is no indication that the cases are linked, downtown Medford has seen a rash of noteworthy vandalism or graffiti cases in the past several months. Medford Police recently arrested two men after they were reportedly seen spray painting the police station; earlier this month the sidewalks outside of Rep. Walden's office were scrawled with "Impeach Trump";  and the Jackson County Republican Party office was vandalized twice over the summer.

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