Grants Pass Radio Shack robbers remain at large
GRANTS PASS — Two men are still at large after they walked into a Grants Pass Radio Shack Monday night, told the clerk they had a gun and robbed the business.
The robbery was reported at 6:52 p.m. The two men walked into the store at 1893 NE Seventh St. and told the clerk they had a firearm and demanded money, Grants Pass police reported.
"No gun was displayed. It was just mentioned," said Lt. Todd Moran of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
The employee gave the men an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then fled. No one was hurt.
"It's kind of one of those cases that, although it's a more serious crime, it happened very fast," Moran said.
The suspects were described as white men wearing jeans and black hooded jackets. One was between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall, the other between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. Police declined to say whether they wore masks.
Police responded to the store and fanned out to search the area with the assistance of a police dog. The search turned up nothing.
If found, the suspects likely would be arrested on second-degree robbery charges, which apply when a robber claims to have a weapon, officials said.
This is the second robbery at a Southern Oregon Radio Shack in a week. At 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, a white man wearing a mask walked into the Radio Shack at 1345 Center Drive in Medford. He pointed a gun at the clerk and made off with cash and the clerk's cell phone. No one was hurt in that case, either.
Moran said investigators from Grants and Medford are looking into whether the two are linked.
"The investigation is still pretty early," he said. "Certainly, with information like that, our detectives are in regular contact with Medford detectives. Anything like that, any kind of angle would definitely be pursued. I am not familiar with anything that would lead us to believe that right now."
Medford police officials agreed, but said the link is not off the table.
"They are of the same unique business, so I think we're keeping it in the realm of possibility at this point," said Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police. "But we can't say conclusively if they're linked or not linked."
Anyone with information about the Grants Pass robbery should call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.
Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.