Rural Medford Homeowner Stops Burglary Suspect at Gunpoint

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies received a call from Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) 911 Dispatch early Sunday morning after a man attempted to burglarize a rural Medford residence.

The man snuck in through the doggy door of the garage before he was confronted at gunpoint by the homeowner. The crime occurred around 5:40 a.m. in the 200 block of Renault Avenue just outside the city limits of Medford.

JCSO deputies responded to the scene and the suspect attempted to run. Deputies tracked down and arrested the man around 15 minutes later after a brief search of the area.

The suspect, Michael Caleb Baker, 37, a Medford area transient, left behind a trail of evidence and stolen property during his early Sunday morning crime spree.

When contacted by JCSO deputies, he was in possession of stolen items from four nearby properties on Renault Avenue and the 200 block of Oak Grove Road. These items included a $5,000 mountain bike, tent, and coins.

Upon thorough investigation, JCSO deputies were able to identify additional victims and locate further evidence of the crime spree.

Baker is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft, three counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, five counts of second-degree criminal trespass, and second-degree criminal mischief.

Baker was on parole for second-degree burglary so was also charged with a parole violation. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Source: JCSO

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