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Pharmacy thief's still on the lam

I was wondering if the Medford police ever caught the man who tried to rob the Walgreens on Barnett Avenue on the same night he successfully robbed the West Main Pharmacy on Main Street?

— Owen D., Medford

That bad boy is still at large, Owen.

Medford police still have an open case on those crimes, which could land the suspect in prison for several years if he's caught.

"We're still looking for him," Medford police Sgt. Brent Mak said.

On Jan. 22 the suspect, described as a white male, standing between 5 feet, 11 inches and 6 feet tall, who witnesses said appeared to be between 20 and 30 years old, entered the West Main Pharmacy in the Thunderbird shopping center and brandished a knife.

He then demanded the clerk give him drugs before fleeing the pharmacy. Witness told police the man was last seen heading north on foot. Officers responding to the call established a large perimeter around several west Medford streets, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Medford detectives also are investigating a possibly related incident involving the suspect that occurred approximately 20 minutes prior to the robbery. A man matching the description of the suspect walked into the Walgreens store at 210 E. Barnett Road. The man approached a clerk at the store's pharmacy and demanded drugs, fleeing the scene before police arrived.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Medford police detectives at 541-774-2230.

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