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Police suspect recent Subway robber is responsible for other thefts

An armed man who robbed a Subway sandwich store Sunday in east Medford may be responsible for other Subway robberies in Medford and might have inside knowledge about the shops' operations, police said.

Sunday morning's robbery at the Subway in the Larson Creek shopping complex off North Phoenix Road is the second of a Medford Subway store in the past three weeks, with both possessing distinct similarities, police said.

Descriptions of the gunman as well as the weapon are similar in the two instances, leading investigators to believe it is very possible that both hold-ups are connected, Medford police Lt. Mike Moran said.

We're looking at that, for sure, Moran said Monday. But we're not going to rule anything out at this point.

Sunday's robber seemed to know where things, like the cash, might be, and also seemed to know the store would be staffed at 8 a.m. but not open to the public, Moran said.

That has investigators believing that the robber could be a former Subway employee or acquainted with a current or former employee who has schooled the robber in the shops' similar layout and general operation ' such as knowledge that a Sunday morning robbery could net more cash than a late-night robbery, Moran said.

In Sunday's robbery, a lone male clerk was in the store at 8 a.m. with the front door unlocked, even though the shop was not set to open until 9 a.m., Moran said.

The robber entered the store and asked to use the bathroom, and the clerk obliged, police said. When the clerk was in the back room preparing that day's register drawer, the robber pointed a gun at him and demanded not only that day's cash but the receipts from the previous night, Moran said.

The cash was placed in two bank bags, which the robber stuffed beneath his sweatshirt. He casually walked out of the store and disappeared, Moran said. After the clerk made sure the robber was not going to return the store, he called police.

Moran declined to reveal the amount of money stolen.

The gun was described as a black semi-automatic, medium-sized pistol.

The robber was described as a white male 21 to 26 years old, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 155 pounds. He was clean shaven, had short brown hair and was wearing a blue beanie cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and tan pants.

In the Dec. — robbery at the Subway on Biddle Road, one of two robbers had a similar description and the gun displayed in that crime was also described as a black pistol.

Anyone with information on this or other similar robberies was urged to call police at 776-4430.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail