Shotguns stolen overnight from Medford store

Medford police are looking for a man who apparently camped out inside Sportsman's Warehouse when the store closed and made off with two shotguns in the middle of the night.

An alarm sounded at the store at 1710 Delta Waters Road, Medford, at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The alarm company reported that a man was in the business, but when officers arrived to surround and then search the building, it was empty, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

Investigators found no evidence of a forced entry and, after examining security camera footage, said they believed the burglar came into the store prior to closing and stayed hidden somewhere until employees left.

When the suspect made his move to steal guns and flee, the alarm alerted police.

The investigation determined that the burglar had stolen two Beretta 12-gauge shotguns valued at a total of $3,000, Hansen said.

As the burglar fled, he left behind a distinctive hat, Hansen said.

The bright turquoise baseball cap with a dark blue bill says "Jes's Plastering" in red and blue lettering and has the business's Sacramento, Calif.-area phone number on it. Hansen said the plastering business is closed, but people associated with it in California are helping Medford police try to identify the man seen in surveillance photos.

Police have released surveillance videos and pictures of a man wearing the hat walking into the store. The suspect is a white man in his 20s or 30s with reddish-blond hair that is collar-length in the back where it sticks out below his cap. He was wearing a green T-shirt and khaki colored pants, as well as a black backpack.

Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call Medford police Detective Tony Young at 541-774-2244.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 541-776-4485, or e-mail

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