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Medford police station vandal caught on camera

A Medford transient was arrested on a misdemeanor charge after surveillance footage allegedly caught him vandalizing Medford's new police station.

Peter Scott Loheed, 61, allegedly marked up the police station with pink fingernail polish early Thursday morning, according to a press release from Medford police.

Footage allegedly showed Loheed marking up the outside of the building, as well as inside the front doors about 1:19 a.m. Thursday, according to police reports and Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis. 

"He was just smearing it in that vestibule," Curtis said.

Curtis said the incident could be the first case of vandalism at the building, which opened in October.

Police recognized the suspect from prior contact, according to Curtis, who said, "We're familiar with him."

Though Loheed has no prior convictions in Jackson County Circuit Court, he has open cases that point to a recent history of disruptive behavior.

Loheed faces felony charges of first-degree theft and first-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly threw food on a hotel room floor and stole pictures, a TV and other items from the Palm Motel, where he'd been staying in December, according to a document filed by Ashland police in the case. On Dec. 26, police found the stolen items in his car.

He also faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless burning after he allegedly set two campfires in January, one of which was near a tree and another within 20 feet of a church building at the corner of East Main and Clay streets.

Charges have yet to be filed in the vandalism case, but court records show Loheed may plead guilty April 4 in his two previous cases.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Peter Scott Loheed