Man who allegedly almost robbed Purple Parrot returns
A man who appeared to think twice about robbing a Purple Parrot Wednesday afternoon seems to have returned Friday morning and actually got the job done, this time with an apparent plan, sidekick and stolen getaway car.
Medford police reported a man and woman made off with less than $100 from the Purple Parrot on Highland Drive at about 8:30 a.m. today.
"I think we're all in disbelief that this individual went back to the same place. He had to know he was made on the botched robbery," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Police said the man walked into the business today wearing a blue camouflage hooded sweatshirt. A woman wearing a light-colored sweatshirt walked in with him. No additional description was available. Police said the pair sat in the business for about 20 minutes before the woman reached into a tip jar and started pulling money out.
An employee caught the woman stealing on video and followed her out of the business to a black 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage, where she wrote down the license plate number: OR 918EPQ. The car was later determined to have been stolen out of Ashland on Jan. 26.
Authorities believe the woman's actions were intended as a distraction. When the employee followed her outside, the man walked into a back office and made off with more cash before fleeing on foot. Surveillance video captured it all, police said.
The theft came less than 48 hours after a person — believed to be the same man — described as white and about 6 feet tall, entered the business with his hood up and a mask on. The man stopped cold when an employee asked him to take off the mask, then left the business and jumped into a car — believed to be the same Mitsubishi Mirage — and drove away as he removed his mask.
"Based on the employee's description, we actually believe it's going to be the same individual," Budreau said. "I think they changed their game up."
Anyone with information about the suspects or car should contact Medford police at 541-770-4784.