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 cellphone before stealing the trailer, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
The truck is described as a 1993 to 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 apiece, so this is adding up fast," Budreau said.
Most of the thefts have been reported in the northwest part of town. Police suspect the thefts could be the work of the same people.
"They might be cutting the trailers up for scrap metal and selling it," Budreau said. "The suspect's truck was full of scrap metal."
Jackson County Roads Department reported a stolen flatbed trailer on July 11. The trailer, stolen from a county lot at 200 Antelope Road, White City, is a black flatbed with a 500-gallon white plastic water tank. It has a hose reel with an orange hose and a pump. Its estimated value is $8,000.
Anyone with information on the suspects or their truck is asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4783.