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Thieves Bag Rifles, Handguns From Several Parked Vehicles In Medford During Weekend

Medford Mail Tribune | Oct. 31, 2012 8:50 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 1, 2012 3:50 a.m.

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Several firearms were stolen from owners’ cars over the weekend in various areas around Medford, police said.

The first theft was reported Saturday, from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Hollyhock Drive. Two rifles — a .300 Winchester Magnum and a Remington .30-06 — were taken.

Sunday brought two more cases. In one case, a Springfield Arms .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol was taken from a vehicle in the 2000 block of Brookhurst Street. Another theft was reported in the 3800 block of Viewcrest Drive, where a Kel-Tec .380 semi-automatic pistol had been taken.

Police said the three cases could be related.

“It’s a fairly close proximity, and it’s a pretty short time element, and it’s fairly unusual to have that many guns being stolen from cars in that time frame,” said Lt. Mike Budreau.

At least two of the weapons were loaded, he added. One was taken from the vehicle’s glovebox.

Police said they discourage leaving firearms or valuable in vehicles, as they can be easily stolen. Through August of this year, there have been 539 reports of thefts from vehicles in Medford. Items such as laptops, purses, weapons, prescription drugs often are left in plain sight, which draws would-be thieves, especially at night.

If a vehicle’s doors are left unlocked, thieves will often root through the interior to find valuable property, Budreau said.

“Usually if a car’s locked, generally speaking they’re not going to break a window just to look around,” he said.

Anyone with information about the stolen firearms is asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4783.

This story originally appeared in Medford Mail Tribune.

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