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  • Medford police look for purse-snatcher

  • Medford police are searching for a purse snatcher who robbed a 62-year-old woman on Morrow Road just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
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  • Medford police are searching for a purse snatcher who robbed a 62-year-old woman on Morrow Road just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
    The woman, who walks with a cane, was walking east on the sidewalk along Morrow Road toward her apartment when a man she didn't know came up behind her and demanded her purse, police said. At first, she told police, she thought it was some sort of joke, but the man, who wore a light-colored bandana or other covering over his face, claimed he had a gun and the woman handed her purse over, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    She told police the robber was last seen running northwest through an apartment complex at 1801 Poplar Drive. The woman had just returned from the grocery store with her daughter, who was carrying their purchases inside when the robbery happened, police said.
    Police circled the area and used a police dog to search for the suspect, but didn't find him.
    Budreau noted there are multiple apartment complexes and a hotel in the area, so the man might have been loitering, waiting for a person alone he could target.
    The woman described the robber as a white man in his mid-20s. He had a medium build and brown hair. He wore a navy blue, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and gloves.
    Anyone with information is asked to call Medford police Detective Bill Ford at 541-770-4783.
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