Two Medford businesses robbed

MEDFORD — A man armed with a BB gun robbed a west Medford Hispanic novelty store Monday evening, firing a BB into the torso of a store clerk, who was not hurt, authorities said.

The robber, as well as his accomplice who stood by as a lookout, escaped on foot without getting any cash from Novedades La Mexicana, an imports and novelty store at 2138 W. Main St., according to the Medford Police Department.

Both suspects were described as young Hispanic males, Medford police Sgt. Kim Budreau said.

Police also were checking late Monday into whether the 7:25 p.m. robbery at Novedades was connected to a robbery at a Hispanic clothing store on Crater Lake Avenue, where two Hispanic males were suspects, Budreau said.

Officers fanned out across west Medford Monday night in search of the Novedades robbers, who were both described at 6 feet tall and wearing tan knit shirts. One had black pants and the other had no pants description, Budreau said.

Officers also were looking for a green vehicle, possibly a small SUV, that could be involved in the crime, police said.

The area immediately around the store was cordoned off with yellow police tape and rubbernecking visitors drove slowly past as investigators interviewed witnesses and searched for clues.

One of the suspects entered the store and approached one male employee who was one of three clerks inside at the time, Budreau said. The suspect demanded money, but a clerk said there was none, Budreau said.

The suspect then fired a BB at the male clerk, who suffered a slight cut on his torso that did not require medical attention, Budreau said.

A security camera apparently caught the ordeal on film, but Budreau said officers had not viewed the tape as of press time.

The robbery came almost exactly three hours before a reported robbery at a similar business on the 500 block of Crater Lake Avenue. In that case, Budreau said two Hispanic males robbed a female victim, but further details of that case were not available late Monday.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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