Police search for bank robber in Medford

Law enforcement officers were combing the area near the Albertsons off North Phoenix Road Saturday night after a masked man robbed the branch of the US Bank located inside the store.

Officers from the Medford Police Department and deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday to interview witnesses and search the crime scene. A canine unit from the Sheriff's Department was searching a neighborhood to the west of the store.

Medford police Sgt. D.J. Graham said that at 3:57 p.m., a man wearing all black clothing and a bandana-type mask entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.

He was described as being white, 6 feet to 6 foot 2 with a medium build and white facial hair visible beneath the mask.

Police said they didn't know how much money the robber took when he fled on foot, but no weapon was seen, Graham said.

According to witnesses, the man had been walking around the store and the parking lot for a time before the robbery, "probably trying to get the nerve to pull it off," said police Chief Tim George.

Officers were reviewing video footage of the incident in an attempt to gain more information. The store remained open, although one entrance nearest to the bank was closed off.

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