Man arrested for robbery, burglary; jail continues to be at capacity

VANCE NGUYENMedford, Ore. —¬†A Medford man is back behind bars, accused of burglarizing an area business Tuesday morning, just 5 days after allegedly robbing another one on the same street.

Police say 30 year-old Vance Nguyen broke into the Stop n Go on South Central early Tuesday morning, and took off with store merchandise. Just last week he was arrested for robbing a Purple Parrot for a pack of cigarettes.

Nguyen was released shortly after his arrest last week. Officials at the Jackson County Jail say they’re at capacity, and area police say while re-offenders are frustrating for officers, they often point to a bigger problem.

“Once we hit that capacity (230 inmates), we have to start releasing one person for every one that comes in,” Captain Dan Penland says.

“We’re dealing with a very crowded jail, and we’re dealing with a huge drug problem,” Lieutenant Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department¬†says, “we’re having more contacts with individuals using drugs than we ever have.”

It’s unclear if drugs were involved in this particular incident, but police say Nguyen has a history of meth use. The Jackson County Jail has been at capacity for over a year, and reduced their jail beds by 60 late last year.

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