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POLICE PLAYING WAITING GAME IN SEARCH FOR INJURED BURGLAR

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A man wounded with birdshot while burglarizing a Midvale house Thursday has yet to turn up, police say.

The man, in his late teens or early 20s, is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds, with short dark hair and a medium-to-dark complexion. He was struck at least once when a Midvale man opened fire after finding the man in his kitchen early Thursday, rifling through his wife's purse. Police found blood on a fence, gate and walk leading from the home.James Beddoes, 28, had armed himself with a 44.-caliber Magnum pistol and went to investigate after his wife awoke about 3 a.m. to suspicious sounds. He found the man crouched on a counter below an open kitchen window.

The burglar was likely struck in the upper right side or right rear area. He may have tried to clean the wounds himself while in hiding, but police believe he'll come forward eventually to seek medical attention. The pellets from the birdshot are likely deeply imbedded, making it impossible for the man to retrieve them himself. That, and the likelihood of infection, make it appear probable that the wounded burglar will eventually show up at a clinic or hospital, according to Midvale detective Doug McGrath.

"It looks like it's just going to be a waiting game," he said.

Police think the man may be responsible for up to a dozen recent burglaries in the same area. In most instances, the burglar targets only cash and enters the home by removing the screen from an open window.