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Police Investigate Hotel, Bank Robberies

MEDFORD, Ore. – An investigation is underway into a second robbery at the Biddle Road Shilo Inn in the course of a month.

The Medford Hotel was the victim of an armed robbery on Sunday. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The inn was the target of another armed robbery exactly one month before. Medford police say, these robbers are risking high consequences for only a little bit of petty cash.

“They’re committing a robbery, which is a Measure 11 offense, and if they were to get caught they would be serving very long jail sentences, but the money they’re getting on these is just very small,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

According to police, while it is unusual for a hotel to have two robberies in a month, they do not believe the two incidences are related because the suspects’ descriptions do not match. The suspect in last night’s robbery is described as an African-American male in his twenties, with a height of 6-2, and an athletic build. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a black cap.

Police are also searching for a suspect in a robbery at the U.S. Bank in the Albertsons on North Phoenix Road over the weekend. Police are now saying they believe the suspect could be a local person, because he fled into a residential area west of the bank.

Police also said it was an unusual circumstance in that the suspect was on the scene for an extended period of time before committing the robbery. Law enforcement hopes that because of this, more shoppers may have spotted him. They believe he is a white male; if you have an information, you are asked to contact Medford Police.