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Medford police seek coffee stand robber

Medford police are searching for a man they say robbed a drive-thru coffee stand at knifepoint last week.

Police received a call at 8:47 p.m. Nov. 19, from a Human Bean stand at 1831 E. Barnett Road, said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau. Two employees were working at the stand when a man approached, and one of the employees opened the window to see what he wanted.

“[The suspect] immediately produced a knife, demanded money and began crawling into the window,” Budreau said.

Both employees fled, and the suspect grabbed an undisclosed amount of money from the till and ran off. No one was injured.

In a Facebook post, police described the man as “quite short,” about 5-feet-3 to 5-feet-6. He wore a backward black baseball hat, gray gloves, gray sweatshirt, white face mask, and gray shorts worn over black sweatpants.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Medford police at 541-770-4783. The case number is 20-19321.

Police are encouraging other businesses to take some steps to lessen the chance such crimes will occur.

“If this is not lucrative for the robber, they’re going to stop, and so we want to make this not lucrative,” Budreau said.

Budreau recommended purchasing quality security cameras that are placed where they can capture the clearest photos and video. Tills should be light on cash. Police also recommended not to rely solely on panic button alarm systems, as there can sometimes be a delay. It’s much quicker to call the department directly following an incident, Budreau said.

“And then obviously discuss with your employees during the robbery, which, of course, is to comply,” Budreau said.

Reach Mail Tribune web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com.