Suspect arrested in News and Smokes bong robbery
A Medford transient who allegedly robbed a News and Smokes store with a knife last month has been captured.
Timothy Andrew Reimer, 33, was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felony robbery charges alleging he brandished a knife last month after staff at the business on Court Street caught him stealing a glass bong, according to court documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court
Late the morning of Feb. 18, Reimer allegedly entered the business with a group of about five suspicious people and asked to see multiple pipes, bongs and other glass smoking paraphernalia from behind the glass case, according to court documents filed by Medford police. Noticing a bong valued at $110 was missing, a store employee allegedly confronted Reimer in the store parking lot. Reimer attempted to run away.
After a store employee and two customers cornered him at a nearby fence behind the store, Reimer allegedly drew a knife from his pocket and made attempts to slash and stab them before breaking free, court documents say.
Medford police posted surveillance video stills seeking tips in the robbery case Feb. 20, but called it a “long shot” because of the footage’s low resolution.
Police got a lead, however, after the store employee looked through jail mugshots and found a match late last month, according to court documents filed by police. The two other witnesses allegedly picked out Reimer’s mugshot from a photo lineup in March police interviews.
An indictment also alleges that Reimer stole a knife from News and Smokes, but it’s unclear whether the alleged theft occurred at the time of the robbery or whether the knife was used in the robbery.
As of Thursday afternoon, Reimer remained held in the Jackson County Jail without bail on three felony counts of first-degree robbery and three felony counts of second-degree robbery, and on misdemeanor counts of second- and third-degree theft, and for violating his parole on a prior marijuana-possession conviction from 2011.
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