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Bank robbed on Lithia Way

Ashland police cordoned off a 12-block section of the Railroad District to search for the man who held up a downtown bank this afternoon.

A Medford police dog tracked scents through backyards and down alleys for more than an hour while light rain and snow fell. The dog failed to locate a suspect or any leads, Ashland Police Department Sgt. Teresa Selby said.

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she told news crews around 4 p.m.

Just after 2 p.m., a man told a teller at the Rogue Federal Credit Union, 415 Lithia Way, he had a gun in his pocket and demanded cash, Selby said.

Bank employees gave him an undisclosed amount of money, and the man fled on foot. He is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic man in his late 40s or early 50s.

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The suspect was last seen heading down this alley and turning left,&

Selby said.

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simulated weapon,&

according to Selby, and police could not confirm if the man actually had a weapon. However, they warned people who wanted to return to homes and businesses within the police perimeter that an armed bank robber may be in the neighborhood.

The man was about 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds with a thin build, police said. Bank employees reported he was wearing a puffy blue jacket, dark blue pants, a blue stocking cap and a black ski mask pulled up over his mouth. He had a brown mustache with flecks of gray in it and wore knit gloves without fingertips.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Staff writer can be reached at 482-3456 x 225 or jsquires@dailytidings.com.