Armed robberies in Medford, Central Point might be linked
Medford police believe an armed robbery that occurred at 10:58 p.m. Tuesday at Purple Parrot, 1913 Delta Waters Road, may have been committed by the same person who robbed a Purple Parrot Jan. 6, at 1350 Plaza Blvd., in Central Point.
“The suspect entered the store and immediately menaced the employee with a handgun, demanding money,” police said in a news release about the Medford robbery. “The suspect was met with resistance and fled the store without stealing money.”
In the Central Point robbery less than a week earlier, the description of the suspect was similar: male, stocky build, 5-feet-10, wearing a dark face mask, sunglasses, dark hoodie, light-colored denim-style pants, dark shoes and dark gloves.
Police warned that the suspect might continue committing robberies at Purple Parrots or similar establishments. Purple Parrot offers video poker machines.
Medford police reminded businesses to review their policies and procedures covering what to do during a robbery.
For example, it’s recommended not to have large amounts of money available and to remove excess money from the cash register early and often. Also ensure security cameras are working and in good order.
Victims of robberies are encouraged to comply and be good witnesses. Call 911 as soon as possible, even if the establishment is equipped with a panic button.
Anyone with information about the two recent robberies was asked to call emergency dispatch at 541-770-4783. Refer to Medford police case number 22-622 and Central Point police case number 22-153.