Suspected bank robber arrested
Medford police arrested a man Tuesday morning about an hour after he allegedly robbed a Key Bank.
At 10:21 a.m., a man Medford police later identified as Lawrence Paul Greene, 45, entered the bank, located at the corner of East Barnett Road and Black Oak Drive. Greene reportedly gave a note to one of the tellers demanding money, according to Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.
No weapon was displayed, and no one was hurt. Greene fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
“There were other customers in the bank at the time. They were probably unaware what was going on,” Budreau said.
A bank security camera captured a clear image of Greene.
“It’s nice to have something that close,” Budreau said of the image. “A lot of cameras are up high. It’s nice to have something that’s right there, close and personal.”
Police shared the image on social media, which quickly yielded results.
“Somebody called in (and said) that they believed they knew who it was and provided us with a name,” Budreau said.
Using the name, police went to an address at the corner of Piccadilly Circle and Black Oak Drive.
“An officer drove by and saw him standing outside,” Budreau said.
Police arrested Greene at 11:23 a.m. All the money he allegedly took was recovered, Budreau said. On Tuesday afternoon, Greene was being held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of third-degree robbery and first-degree theft, a charge used when the amount of property or money taken is in excess of $1,000. Greene’s bail was set at $10,000.
Greene has no prior felony criminal history in Oregon, court records show.