Identities of vehicle theft suspects sought
Medford police are asking for help identifying two people who are suspected of stealing a car in Medford and burglarizing a home in Eagle Point.
The suspects were captured Nov. 9 by a red light camera, driving a Volkswagen Jetta that had been reported stolen from a home in the 800 block of West 13th Street in Medford, said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau. The car was reported stolen Nov. 8, after it disappeared overnight, he said.
On Nov. 14, a Medford police officer saw the stolen Jetta traveling north on Riverside Avenue, Budreau said. After calling for more police to respond, the officer attempted to perform a traffic stop. The Jetta fled at a high rate of speed, however, and the officer dropped the pursuit after the driver began traveling the wrong way at about 60 mph up Central Avenue, Budreau said.
The suspects abandoned the Jetta later that same night, Budreau said, and when officers recovered the vehicle, they found items inside that were reported stolen from a home in Eagle Point in a burglary the night before, Nov. 13.
Those items included jewelry, documents with the victim's personal information, a backpack and a yellow vehicle jack, Budreau said.
Budreau shared the image of the suspects captured by the red light camera on the Medford Police Department Facebook page Tuesday. The exposure has sparked what he said were "viable tips," but he added that it could still take a while to locate the suspects if they are identified.
"A lot of people are really finding the humor in (the photo)," Budreau said.
While he said that wasn't the original intention behind posting the photo, Budreau said he added "caption this" to the photo post after seeing people's feedback.
"The more people that talk about it, the more it’s shared and the more people see it," he said.