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Three Ford pickups stolen in 48-hour period in Medford

Thieves stole three Ford F250 pickup trucks parked at Medford businesses over a recent two-day period, with two of the crimes captured on video, police said.

Police think the thieves are targeting the specific vehicles because they lack certain security features that come with models built over the past decade or so, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

“The suspects have found a way to somehow get into the vehicle,” Budreau said. “We suspect that they’re forcing open the door lock, maybe punching it, and maybe punching the ignition.”

“We’ve seen this before,” Budreau added. “When a thief targets specific vehicles, they know how to overcome the specific security measures.”

Motive for the thefts, be it for parts or something else, is unknown.

“We still don’t know why they’re stealing these trucks,” Budreau said.

Police responded at noon Sunday to Southern Oregon Pawn, 400 N. Riverside Ave., where a silver 1999 Ford F250, Oregon license plate number 189ETX, had been stolen. Surveillance video showed a light-colored F350 Dually, possibly silver or champagne-colored, pulling up to the business at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, with at least three people inside, Budreau said. Descriptions of those people were not available, nor was a license plate on the F350. The suspects were unsuccessful in their attempts steal a 2008 model parked at the business.

Police responded to a second theft at 7:57 a.m. Monday at J&L Muffler, 1111 N. Central Ave. Surveillance video captured a light-colored F350 Dually pulling up to the business at about 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. A man wearing light-colored pants and a hooded sweatshirt hopped out of the F350’s passenger side. No clear shots of faces were captured. The vehicle stolen there was a white 2004 F250, Oregon license plate 804BEQ.

The third theft occurred at Burk’s Custom Awnings, 5472 Crater Lake Ave., which police responded to at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The F250 stolen there was a white 2001 model, Oregon license plate number YNL639. No surveillance video was available.

Anyone with information about the thefts was asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4784.

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