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Medford police seek man suspected of racking up charges on stolen credit cards

 Posted: 1:40 PM May 19, 2014

A Jackson County man suspected of stealing a Medford couple's truck and credit cards, has apparently racked up thousands of dollars in charges on the stolen cards, police say.

Jonathan Paul McDonald, 25, no address given, broke into the couple's home in the 100 block of White Oak Drive Wednesday, May 14, and swiped a purse containing a wallet, keys to the truck and other valuables. Two days later, he came back and stole their truck, a 2013 white Toyota Tacoma, from their driveway, Medford police reported.

McDonald's made purchases at Walmart, Lowes, Sprint and a Shell gas station. In addition to a unidentified $5,000 purchase at Lowes and a $4,000 online purchase that was later canceled, he bought cigarettes, toiletries, clothing, paid an outstanding phone bill and bought a prepaid gift card.

"Which we often see," Lt. Mike Budreau said of the gift card. "Those are very difficult to track. Those are how criminals launder money."

Police said McDonald has been arrested five times since March 19 for numerous crimes including burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of heroin and methamphetamine. Video surveillance from several stores helped police identify him as a suspect in this case, too.

"Once we saw him on video, we were able to essentially recognize him that way," Budreau said.

McDonald is a white man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is seen frequently around Medford and Eagle Point. The stolen vehicle carries the Oregon license plate CA33476. It is an extra cab with a tool box in the bed.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of McDonald or the truck should contact Medford police at 541-774-2250.

— Ryan Pfeil

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