Police are searching for a man they say told a clothing-store employee he needed money, showed her a pair of bolt cutters, then left when she told him there were surveillance cameras in the store.
Authorities believe the man was going to rob the store but was deterred by the clerk's actions.
"He actually made substantial steps toward that robbery," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Police said the man, described as a white male in his mid-20s, walked into Vivis Fashions at 1803 W. Main St. at 5:43 p.m. Thursday and asked the clerk whether anyone else was in the store. The employee said there wasn't, and the man then pulled out the bolt cutters and set them on the counter.
After being told about the cameras, the man allegedly said, "Just kidding," and left the store. He was last seen crossing West Main Street.
"We want businesses to keep an eye out for him," Budreau said. "I think the public needs to be aware of this guy."
No charges have yet been filed against the man, and the case is still under investigation.
"We just want to talk to him," Budreau said.
The man is described as having a receding hairline and shaved head with light brown hair. He wore a black jacket, gray sweatpants and a light-colored sweatshirt. He was also missing some teeth.
Anyone with information about the man's whereabouts should contact Detective Justin Ivens at Medford police at 541-774-2230.
— Ryan Pfeil