Burglar steals $10,000 in jewelry from J.C. Penney

A man who hid inside J.C. Penney at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford until it closed, then stole $10,000 worth of jewelry before smashing two glass doors to escape remains on the loose today, police said.

Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said the same man may have broken into the Yellow Submarine Car Wash on Court Street minutes later, based on surveillance video at both businesses.

Police responded to the J.C. Penney break-in at about 11 p.m. Monday and found the jewelry counter, the lower east-side glass door and the upper west-side glass doors smashed and the jewelry gone. Surveillance shows the man escaped out the west-side door.

“While investigators were there, we got another alarm at the Yellow Submarine Car Wash,” said Hansen. Officers found that a door had been kicked in, but nothing seemed to be stolen.

Surveillance tapes suggest the same man broke into both businesses, police said. He is described as white, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with short dark hair and a muscular build. He was wearing a white T-shirt with “American Rag” on the front, with blue jeans and dark-colored shoes.

Another break-in occurred at 3:20 a.m. early this morning at CK Enterprises, a bike and specialty shop at 602 S. Central Ave., police said. A glass door was found smashed and someone had entered the business and moved around merchandise but did not take anything, police said. Officers are not sure whether the break-in is linked to the previous two.

Medford police ask anyone with information on these crimes or the identity of the suspect to call Detective K. Ivens at 541-774-2266.

— Mandy Valencia

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