Medford police officer Tom Venables leads police dog Basco on a search outside Radio Shack this morning. - Mail Tribune / Jim Craven

Police, dog search South Gateway area for Radio Shack robber

Medford police and a dog are searching for a man who pulled a black handgun on a Radio Shack employee and took cash before fleeing the store at 1345 Center Drive this morning.

The clerk, who was alone in the store when the robber came in, called police and texted the store manager to report the robbery at about 9:30 a.m.

Police said the robber was described as a white man with brown eyes who was in his late 20s or early 30s. He was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build. He wore a green, zip-up jacket and had something black, possibly a ski or motorcycle mask, over his face and covering his head, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

He ran from the store and headed south on Center Drive, possibly toward the south Medford interchange on Interstate 5 or the Bear Creek Greenway, which are both nearby.

Police cars were stationed in the area to keep watch for suspicious people. Other officers were visiting surrounding businesses to determine if anyone had seen the robber running by, Hansen said. A police dog was working to pick up a scent outside the store, which was surrounded by police tape.

Police are considering whether the robbery could be related to an attempted armed robbery in Ashland Tuesday in which a suspect with a gun demanded money from a clerk at a motel at Relax Inn on Clover Lane, near the south Ashland exit on I-5.

— Anita Burke

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