Medford Police say car break-ins are on the rise

Medford Police, (KTVL/Megan Allison)

MEDFORD -- Police say car break-ins are getting to the point where it's happening in broad daylight.

On Wednesday a group of employees confronted a man on American Avenue when they saw him inside another employees vehicle.

Officers say when Jonathan Gardner was confronted, he tried to walk away. Police say when citizens detained Gardner he fought back, biting one of the employees. Medford Police has already seen more than 800 car break-ins this year, and by the end of the year they expect cases to outpace last year by about 300.

"We in Medford have a high amount of reporting, maybe more than other jurisdictions. But when it comes to comparing us to other cities this particular crime is rather straightforward. A car break in is a car break in and it's logged pretty much the same by any other agency," Lt. Mike Budreau said.

Officers say the rising break-ins are likely tied to the rise in drug use, and they recommend resident keep cars clear to prevent more victims.

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