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Police Patrols Search for Arsonist

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MEDFORD, Ore. —  Ten arson fires in one week have Medford Police on high alert.  More officers are on patrol during the early morning hours.  They are doing routine checks in certain areas and keeping their eyes peeled for suspicious activity.

Early Wednesday morning, Medford police officers were out in full force.  Besides keeping tabs on their normal areas, they focused on alleyways, shining their spot lights into dark locations, where they thought a person could be hiding.  With the weather being warm, even in the middle of the night, more people are out, and police are using those people as their key witnesses.

“At this point we are trying to talk to as many people as we can because you never know, even though you might not contact the suspect, if I contact a person down here in an alley… and then a short time later we have a fire in the area, that is a person that could be a possible witness… where if we hadn’t contacted them, we may not have known,” said RJ Josephson, a patrol officer with Medford Police.

Police said they are keeping a lookout during all hours of the day and staying more vigilant and aware of their surroundings, all in hopes of tracking down or discovering tips that could lead to an arrest.

Wednesday morning no new arson fires were reported.