Robbers linked to theft in Stockton

Pair held up market Sunday in Medford

Medford police say two men who held up the Stop & Shop Market at gunpoint during a Sunday afternoon robbery also could be suspects in a stolen car case in Stockton, Calif.

Medford police reported the incident happened about 3 p.m. at 2751 N. Pacific Highway. Two men walked in and jumped the counter. One pointed a handgun at the lone employee working the counter and demanded money. The employee complied, and the other man took cash from the register. The men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt, police said.

The robbers were described as black males, each between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet in height. One wore an Atlanta Falcons hat, black leather jacket and jeans. The other wore a Miami Heat hat, red and black striped sweater and baggy jeans. On Monday afternoon, authorities were still on the lookout for both.

Lt. Mike Budreau said a witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the area of Hawthorne and Sherman streets following the robbery and noted the California license plate: 2GKW666. The plate number is from a 1987 Toyota Corolla stolen from a WinCo parking lot in Stockton on Wednesday, March 12. It is the same vehicle type used in the robbery.

Surveillance cameras captured the images of both men and the purportedly stolen vehicle. It wasn't the first time one of the men had entered the store that day. About three hours earlier, the man wearing the Miami Heat hat had gone in to buy some cigars. He drove the same vehicle as the robbery getaway car.

"He was probably casing it or doing a dry run to see who was running the cash register, who was working. That type of thing," Budreau said.

Anyone with information about the men's identities or about the incident is asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4784. Both men are considered armed and dangerous, investigators said. If you see them or their vehicle, call 911 but do not approach them or their vehicle.

Budreau said a broad daylight robbery with no attempts made by the men to mask their identities is unusual and suggests they are from out of the area.

"They're not worried about being identified because nobody knows them," Budreau said.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.


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