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  • Police cite woman suspected of stealing two purses from shoppers

  • Medford police have tracked down a man and woman suspected of stealing a 76-year-old woman's purse from Fred Meyer last weekend.
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  • Medford police have tracked down a man and woman suspected of stealing a 76-year-old woman's purse from Fred Meyer last weekend.
    Investigators released a surveillance photo of a woman who grabbed a shopper's purse out of her cart Saturday, then ran from the store and jumped into a white Ford Ranger pickup.
    A tip Thursday led them to a home in the 1400 block of Dixie Lane in Medford. There officers found the pickup and a man suspected of being the driver of the getaway vehicle.
    The man, Garret Russell Lunsford, 22, told police that he was involved in the purse-snatching that occurred on Saturday, and told officers where they could find the woman they sought, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    "He was driving and received some of the proceeds from that theft," Budreau said.
    Lunsford was cited on a charge of first-degree theft.
    Amanda Lynn Schram, 23, was located at her mother's house in the 800 block of Posse Lane, Budreau said. Schram was cited on a charge of first-degree theft and was released because she cooperated with investigators, he said.
    Schram told police she would take them to where she ditched the purse at the 7-Eleven in Central Point. Working with her, officers located a purse in the garbage can in the front of the store, but it was not the purse snatched from Fred Meyer.
    It was another purse that Schram had stolen from a customer shopping at Walmart on Center Drive the same day as the purse-snatching at Fred Meyer, police said.
    "The money was gone," said Budreau, adding that investigators suspect the pair were stealing to help provide for their heroin addiction.
    The case is still currently under investigation and police have seized the white pickup truck belonging to Lunsford in an effort to locate the other purse, which reportedly had U.S. and foreign currency inside.
    — Mandy Valencia
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