Medford Police arrest burglary suspect

, Posted: Tue, April 1 2014 at 10:52 AM, Updated: Tue, April 1 2014 at 4:30 PM

Medford, Ore. - Medford Police arrested local transient John Paul McDonald Monday for his role in a string of burglaries and thefts.

They say he was involved in the following crimes:

  • Sprint Store, 1390 Biddle Road. On March 11th, 2014, the Sprint Store was broken into and 4 cell phones were stolen. $2,000 loss.
  • AT&T Store, 1730 Delta Waters Road. On March 14th, 2014, the AT&T Store was broken into and the suspect stole a display monitor. $200 loss.
  • Residence in the 1900 block of Layla Drive, Medford. On March 19th,2014 a suspect forced open a side door and burglarized the residence, taking a significant amount of valuables. $3,000 loss.
  • Connecting Point Computers, 545 Stevens Street. On March 29th, the business was broken into and the suspect stole two computers. $1,700 loss.

Detectives say they were able to link McDonald to the residential burglary on Layla Drive from forensic evidence. Detectives believe Johnson was involved in the Connecting Point burglary after they say he was seen casing the business during normal business hours.

According to police, Johnson admitted to his involvement in the crimes. None of the property has been recovered.

Detectives believe an expensive heroin addiction was the motivation behind the crimes.

Johnson is charged with one count of 1st Degree Burglary, three counts of 2nd Degree Burglary, and three counts of 1st Degree Theft.

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