Armed robber remains on the loose after hitting Medford coffee shop

The first armed robbery of 2013 in Medford occurred Tuesday night at a business co-owned by a Medford police officer.

Bad Ass Coffee, 750 Crater Lake Ave., was robbed at about 8:40 p.m. when a white man in his early 20s reportedly walked up to the drive-thru window, pulled out a gun and pointed it at the lone employee, a teenage girl. He told her it was a robbery and demanded money. The employee complied with the robber's demands and gave him an undisclosed amount of cash.

How to help

Anyone with information about the robbery at Bad Ass Coffee Tuesday should contact Det. Brenda Garich at the Medford Police Criminal Investigations Division, 541-774-2230.

The robber was last seen running north on Crater Lake Avenue. The employee was not injured.

The store is co-owned by Medford police Cpl. Steve Furst. Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said Furst was on his way to the scene less than two minutes after the initial 911 call went out.

"The clerk was rather rattled," Budreau said. "She's only 17. She had a gun pointed at her."

The employee told police the man had been shaking, but it's not known whether that was because of the cold, adrenaline or because he was under the influence of a substance.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no arrests had been made. The man is described as between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He wore jeans and a black jacket with the hood up and his face was covered. The store does not have a surveillance camera.

Anyone with information about the case should call Detective Brenda Garich at the Medford Police Criminal Investigations Division at 541-774-2230.

"You do a robbery with a gun, no matter how much money you get, it's a Measure 11 sentence," Budreau said.

Compared to last year at this time, robberies are down in Medford. In 2012, seven robberies were reported between Jan. 1 and Jan. 22. Five of those crimes occurred at retail businesses, one was at a bank, and one was for $15 taken from an individual.

"Five were cleared with arrests," said Budreau. "It's looking better (than 2012), but here we go. There's a robber out there, and in my experience, they continue to do robberies until they're caught."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or

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