Medford police say a short, masked man wielding a sickle robbed a Medford pet store and threatened a clerk Tuesday night, and he could be tied to two recent armed robberies at a nearby Subway sandwich shop.
Police said the robbery occurred just before 7 p.m. at Mini Pet Mart, 1100 Crater Lake Ave. The robber was described as white, thin, about 5-feet-3, dressed in black and wearing a black ski mask. The robber carried a sickle, a large knife-like implement with a curved blade. The weapon had some rust stains on it.
A weapon matching that description was used in at least one of the Subway robberies, police said.
The robber walked up to a cashier holding the blade in a threatening manner and demanded money, police said. The clerk complied, and the man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. He ran southbound on Crater Lake Avenue, cut through a nearby business park, and was last seen running toward Wabash Avenue.
No surveillance video was available, but police said the suspect was described as being significantly shorter than the suspects in the Subway robberies. Still, police can't discount a connection between the incidents because of the type of weapon used.
"It is rather unique. You don't see a lot of sickles," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.
A nearby Subway was robbed twice, on July 9 and 13, during the early-morning hours, both times by robbers wielding a large knife. The first incident happened at 2:30 a.m. when two men clad in black and wearing black masks walked in, demanded money at knifepoint and left with less than $100.
The July 13 robbery occurred at 1:55 a.m. and was carried out by a lone knife-wielding man in black, police said.
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Medford police at 541-774-2230.
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