Medford police investigating string of home break-ins

MEDFORD, MASS. (WHDH) - Police in Medford are investigating a recent string of house break-ins in which the suspect gained entry by climbing through second-floor windows, officials said.

The break-ins occurred this week in the area of Woburn Street, Suffolk Street, Wyman Street, and Barnard Road, according to the Medford Police Department.

All of the break-ins were reported around 10 p.m. and the suspect is said to have either gained or attempted access to the homes through unlocked second-floor windows.

John and Virginia Buckley were not at their Suffolk Street home when they say the suspect climbed onto an overhang in the couple’s backyard — causing it to partially collapse.

All their windows were locked with the exception of a tiny bathroom window.

“The way the police think he got in was he hung on to the actual lever that cranks the window open and virtually catapulted about three or four feet up into the window,” John said. “Quite a jump.”

The thief managed to make off with some of the Buckley’s jewelry which had been passed down through the generations.

Less than a mile away on Barnard Road, one homeowner caught the suspect in the act, prompting him to flee, officials said.

“All of a sudden I saw the window come up so I jumped out of bed, I screamed for my husband and he never made it in because he got scared and he jumped off the roof very fast,” the woman, who did not wish to be identified said.

The suspect is described as a young, tall Black man with a medium build.

Residents in the area are being urged to lock all their doors and windows and to keep ladders out of view.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives Marc Gigante or Michael Pellegrino at 781-391-6767.

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