Change thief strikes multiple businesses

, Written by Matt Jordan, Posted: Thu, July 24 2014 at 6:28 PM, Updated: Thu, July 24 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Medford, Ore -- The Medford Police Department wants the public to be on the lookout for a change-stealing criminal.

    They say he started his crime spree in late June. Stealing hundreds in change from a machine at a Little Caesers and he hasn't stopped there.

  It can take hours or even days before businesses realize they're the victim of theft and by then the thief is long gone.

 "Whatever tool that he had, he used right there to open it up," said David Boteilho. 
 
  Photos of a suspected thief are making the rounds in local restaurants and entertainment centers. Photos of a man suspected of stealing hundreds in change.

  "Every single one of us were completely shocked," said Lisa Brown.   
         
  Stolen right under the noses of unsuspecting employees like Brown at Lava Lanes in Medford.

  "He just used his jacket, covered it up, threw away the collector in our building, used the money in our building and tried to hit more of our machines,” said Brown.

  Police say the suspect has hit half a dozen businesses. From Little Caesar's in June to a virtual jukebox at the Trophy Club just last week.

  The problem is, often nobody notices a crime has been committed until long after the suspect is gone.

  "He just walked right across the front counter there with the bill collector underneath, and walked out," said Boteilho.

  If you recognize the man in the surveillance photos please call Medford Police.

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