CENTRAL POINT — Police are looking for a man who might have accompanied an armed robber who held up a 7-Eleven on South Front Street last week.
The second suspect was at first believed to have been a customer, but the investigation led police to believe he was part of the caper, Central Point police Chief Kris Allison said.
"At this point, we believe he was involved," Allison said.
The first suspect walked into the store on March 21 and brandished a handgun, police said.
After the clerk handed the man some cash, the suspect left in an unknown direction.
The second suspect, caught on video surveillance inside the store when the robbery occurred, fled before police arrived. Described as being in his early 20s, he was wearing a black MTV hoodie, black T-shirt and gray jeans.
Allison said the hoodie could be the key to catching the pair.
"We hope someone recognizes that hoodie," she said.
The gun-toting suspect was described as being in his early 20s, with a blue hoodie, gray baseball cap, black jeans and black tennis shoes.
The men were seen driving a light-colored SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango, away from the scene.
The armed man could be charged with first-degree robbery, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years, 6 months in prison.
The second suspect could face a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, which is a felony.
Even though the unarmed suspect did not threaten the clerks or handle the money while leaving the store, he would be held responsible for participating in the crime if caught.
Another armed robbery occurred at the same 7-Eleven in July 2008. In that case, a suspect entered the store and pointed a handgun at the clerks before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
That suspect was arrested by Central Point detectives after a Crime Stoppers tip.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the robbery or suspects to call Central Point Detective Lou Fulmer at 541-664-5578.
Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org