• Medford police investigate series of flatbed trailer thefts

  • Medford police are investigating a spike in flatbed trailer thefts this year.
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  • Medford police are investigating a spike in flatbed trailer thefts this year.
    On Monday, surveillance video outside Crater Meat Packing on Biddle Road captured a pair of suspects in the act of stealing a trailer off the business' property.
    The suspects pulled an older-model Ford F-250 onto the property at 11 a.m. and hooked up the trailer.
    One suspect was seen walking around the property talking on a cell phone prior to stealing the trailer, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    The truck is described as a 1993-1997 Ford F-250 with blue and white stripes along the side. The truck's bed was full of scrap metal.
    The stolen trailer, which was valued at $1,200, did not have license plates, Budreau said.
    Medford police have taken six other reports of flatbed trailers being stolen throughout the city since January.
    "Many of these trailers are valued at a couple thousand a piece, so this is adding up fast," Budreau said.
    Most of the thefts have been reported in the northwest part of town. Police are considering that the thefts could be the work of the same suspects.
    "They might be cutting the trailers up for scrap metal and selling it," Budreau said. "The suspect's truck was full of scrap metal."
    Budreau suggests locking trailers up at night to prevent thieves from driving away with them.
    If anyone has information on the suspects or their truck, contact Medford police at 541-770-4783.
    — Chris Conrad
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