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Police gain a clue in pumpkin smashing spree

Medford police might have the first name of a suspect who tore down several east Medford streets, hurling whole pumpkins at parked cars and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The agency reported investigators are looking for details about a possible male suspect named "Taylor." Police have said he is likely a juvenile and drives a small silver SUV, similar to a Jeep Cherokee or Toyota RAV4.

More than a dozen vehicles were damaged in the spree on Nov. 13. An SUV cruised through several neighborhoods, including Woodbriar Drive, Willow Glen Way, North Modoc Avenue, LaRue Drive and Tahitian Avenue. As they drove, a suspect tossed uncarved pumpkins from the car. The projectiles broke windows, sheared off side mirrors and put sizable dents into the vehicles' bodies. No one was injured, but one of the victims said he was almost run down by the suspects.

Anyone with information should contact Medford police at 541-770-4784.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon for any information leading to an arrest in the case. Police have said anyone arrested could face first-degree criminal mischief charges — a felony — and a sizable restitution.