By RYAN PFEIL
A gun-wielding man entered a Medford Shilo Inn Sunday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Authorities said the man entered the hotel at 2111 Biddle Road around 9:50 p.m. and showed the front desk clerk he had a gun. He then took the money and ran from the offices, heading southwest.
"It was very obvious it was a robbery," said Lt. Mike Budreau. "The male clerk complied, and (the suspect) fled."
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with an athletic build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a black cap.
Police were on scene within a minute of the 911 call and set up a perimeter with assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. They also used a K9 unit but were unable to track the suspect.
The case still is under investigation by Medford police. The man was not wearing a mask, but the lobby does not have a surveillance camera, Budreau said.
It's the second robbery at the hotel in exactly a month.
"(That's) extremely unusual," Budreau said, adding hotels are not often robbed as they typically keep very little cash on-site.
The first robbery took place at about 10:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. A white male about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build entered the lobby wielding a knife. The man was wearing a green jacket, red baseball cap and blue jeans. He also made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A suspect has not been identified in either case. Police are also still searching for a male suspect who robbed the U.S. Bank in Albertsons at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Police said a white male wearing all black, including a mask, entered the bank and gave the teller a demand note. He did not present any weapons, but made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled to a nearby neighborhood. No one was hurt.
Police said that suspect had been loitering in the Albertsons parking lot, and possibly around the store, before the robbery.
Area residents with any information about either case are asked to call Medford police at 541-774-2250.
Police said December is one of the two busiest months for service calls, August being the other. Many of those calls are theft-related. Thefts in Medford were up 22 percent for 2011 when compared with 2010. The number for 2012 is already seeing nearly an 8 percent increase over 2011.
"We're already on track to beat last year, which was off the charts," Budreau said.
Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at email@example.com.
This story originally appeared in Medford Mail Tribune.