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Medford Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

Stephen Plante is in custody just 20 minutes after police said he robbed a bank. He is accused of robbing the Washington Federal Bank on Biddle Road and Stevens Street in Medford.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017 6:25 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 4:36 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Stephen Plante is in custody just 20 minutes after police said he robbed a bank. He is accused of robbing the Washington Federal Bank on Biddle Road and Stevens Street in Medford. Police said he slid a note demanding cash to one of the tellers. He was able to get some cash and ran away. Lieutenant Ivens of the Medford Police Department said it was not long before officers were able to spot him a little further down the road. This is because of high quality surveillance photos from the bank.

“That was the key. It gave us a very good look at who the suspect was. We flooded the area with patrol officers. About 20 minutes after this incident was reported, we did take a suspect into custody down at the Carl's Jr. down at Bear Creek Plaza so just north of [the bank],” Lt. Ivens added.

The investigation is not over. It is now a joint investigation between the Medford Police Department and the FBI. Plante is in the Jackson County Jail.

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