A surveillance photo from Stewart Market shows one of two people who smashed through a glass door with a rock and stole numerous packs of cigarettes. Photo courtesy of Medford police

Police hunt suspects in Medford smash-and-grab

Police are looking for two people who smashed the front-door glass at a west Medford convenience store and made off with numerous packs of cigarettes Sunday morning.

The incident happened at 4:19 a.m. at the Stewart Market, located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Lozier Lane. Surveillance footage from the store showed a dark-colored SUV pull up to the store, then a male and female got out and walked to the store entrance.

"It looks like they took a rock, smashed the front door, went in and just swept some areas," said Medford police Lt. Kevin Walruff.

Surveillance images showed the pair snatching up armfuls of cigarettes. Some appear to have been stuffed into a backpack before the pair fled.

"They were definitely targeting the cigarettes," Walruff said. "They just kind of grabbed and went."

Police said the burglars took more than $100 worth of cigarettes and caused more than $500 in damage.

The faces of the burglars were hard to make out on the surveillance photos. The male was heavily concealed, while the female, who wore a black covering over her face, wore a gray sweatshirt and black pants with gray words written on the pants that are hard to make out. The dark-colored SUV appeared to have something around one of the windows, possibly tape.

"We're just hoping that someone recognizes the clothing," Walruff said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Medford police at 541-770-4783. The case number is 16-28360.


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