Medford police look for clues in daytime motel burglary
Medford Police need the public's help to find and arrest someone who burglarized a Medford motel room in broad daylight.
It happened Tues., April 23 at America's Best Value Inn on North Riverside Avenue.
Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau said the victim is a 51-year-old man from Las Vegas who was visiting Medford with his wife.
"They cleared out all of his belongings. Basically took everything," Budreau said.
The alleged thieves broke the front window then ransacked the room stealing expensive clothes, watches and cooking equipment.
Police say it is not drug related.
"We look at the folks who had access to the motel room," Budreau said. "Why did they want access to that particular motel room so bad?"
Investigators are looking for the watches to be resold at pawn shops or online.
"What they need from you -- is tips to bring the thieves to justice," Budreau said.
The couple had guests in the room prior to the burglary and the victims were not there at the time of the break-in.
"We don't typically have an issue with motel rooms being broken into. So we're looking at the circle of friends or maybe friends of friends. It's not uncommon to be a victim of a burglary to be targeted specifically because they have inside knowledge of what that person has," Budreau said.
Budreau hopes publicizing the crime details might jog someone's memory who could shed light on the crime and those involved.
"It would seem that there would be witnesses to this. So maybe someone was around and that it was normal for someone to work on the motel room. We're just looking for clues at this point," Budreau said.
The clothing is not property that is typically re-sold for cash or pawned. However, the watches worth about $300 to $400 could be sold or pawned.
"We're looking out for that," Budreau said.
Budreau said the $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case will help a couple find peace with the incident.
"Here we have someone visiting Medford that thought it was a safe community and is now dealing with the fact that someone broke into their motel room and took everything pretty much they had with them," Budreau said. "It's a pretty egregious offense."