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A man who robbed the Crown Market Wednesday afternoon is seen in this surveillance photo provided by Medford police.

Police search for suspect in convenience store robbery

Police are searching for a man who robbed a Medford convenience store at knife point Wednesday afternoon.

It was the third in a recent string of armed robberies at similar establishments, all involving knife-wielding suspects. No one has been injured thus far, but police are concerned future situations could escalate.

“We want other convenience stores to be alert, be vigilant and take all the precautions they normally take to prevent this type of activity,” said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Wednesday’s robbery occurred just after 4:30 p.m. at Crown Market, in the 1100 block of Progress Drive. The suspect, described as a white male in his 40s, 5-feet-7, wore a black, hooded sweatshirt during the incident.

Police said the robber had a calm demeanor.

“He presented the teller with a note and then brandished a knife, took the money and fled,” Budreau said. “He was in there a very short amount of time.”

The suspect appeared to be older than the suspect in the first two robberies, though police are considering that the suspects from both cases may know each other.

The first robbery took place at 9:48 a.m. Feb. 21 at Peach Street Market, Budreau said. The male suspect in that case wore a face covering. He was described as 5-feet-11 with a skinny build and blue eyes. He wore red and white shoes, and a black or dark-colored sweatshirt with white drawstrings.

Once inside, the robber jumped the counter with a knife in hand. The clerk on duty resisted. A tussle ensued, and she attempted to run away. The man followed and pushed her down, then fled empty-handed.

On April 1, a white male described as about 5-feet-9 with a thin build robbed the Woodland Heights market in the 1500 block of Prune Street, police said. Like the Peach Street robbery, the knife-brandishing man hopped the counter.

The clerk was compliant, and the robber was able to flee the market with money, Budreau said.

Anyone with information about the robberies should contact Medford police at 541-770-4783.

“The unfortunate reality is that the suspect’s going to continue to target these locations until he’s caught,” Budreau said.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or at 541-776-4468.

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