Medford Police report link between counterfeit and drug cases

Medford, Ore. — Medford Police have reported a connection between counterfeit cases and drug use. The department posted two arrests on its Facebook page this past weekend; both involved shoplifting.

One suspect was found with several counterfeit bills, and the other was found with drugs. Police sid cases like these aren’t unusual.

“People are stealing things that they can actually pawn, to get money,” Lieutenant Kerry Curtis said. “They’re nine times out of ten, doing that to supplement their drug habits.”

According to MPD, Medford has higher rates of property crimes because it’s the retail hub of the region.
That means there are more shoplifting cases often tied to drug use.

Natalie Weber produces and anchors the weekend broadcasts of NBC5 News at 6 and 11. She reports during the week for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. Natalie is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as running, reading and exploring Southern Oregon.

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