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Police seek information on work-site thief

Medford police are seeking the public's help in finding the person who stole $25,000 in construction equipment from storage containers near the south Medford interchange.

Construction workers called police Nov. 4 after arriving at their work site and finding their storage containers had been broken into overnight.

Police believe the thief entered the work site in the early morning hours and broke into three containers belonging to Pacific Electrical Contractors, LTM-Knife River Co. and Wildish Construction.

A large amount of equipment was stolen, including saws, drills, chainsaws, generators, a pipe-threading machine, compactors and various electronic tools. The total loss was estimated at about $25,000.

"This equipment is very valuable and can easily be sold," Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

On Saturday, construction workers reported an attempted break-in at their storage trailer on Barnett Road near the Interstate 5 overpass. The person was unable to enter the storage trailer and left without stealing any equipment.

A worker reported seeing a suspicious vehicle entering the construction area near the new south Medford interchange during the late afternoon on Nov. 3.

The vehicle was described as a 1970s Jeep Wagoneer-type sport-utility vehicle. The driver was described as a white male, approximately 35 years old with short brown hair and a goatee.

Anyone with information is asked to call Medford police Detective Justin Ivens at 774-2234 or the non-emergency number at the dispatch center, 770-4784.