Police seeking suspects in bank robbery spree

Jackson County, Ore. — Police are on the hunt for these two suspects, after Jackson County’s most recent bank robbery in Ashland on Thursday – and they’re looking for your help in getting them locked up behind bars.

“We are confident that the bank robbery from Medford, the bank of the cascades, from March 20th is the same person that robbed the Umpqua Bank here in Ashland,” said Deputy Chief Warren Hensman, Ashland Police Department.

On Thursday, Ashland Police investigated a bank robbery on Walker Avenue – it was quickly connected to another local robbery.

“It all kind of stemmed yesterday from a connection from Medford Police and the Bank of the Cascades that was robbed,” he said.

Just ten days before Umpqua Bank was robbed, Medford Police investigated a bank robbery at Bank of the Cascades on Crater Lake Highway.

“The similarities were of course, noticed and recognized,” he said.

Law enforcement has two suspects in the case, 37-year-old John Steven Shepard and 37-year-old Kimberly Ann Blank.

“We have no reason to believe the public is in danger,” he said.

But police across the region are still looking for Shepard and Blank.

“Right now, is when the work really begins. We have an amazing connection here is southern Oregon with our law enforcement partners,” he said.

Which is why he’s confident they’ll be able to find these suspects.

“We have to get together as a group, work together as a team, put our heads together – as we always do, and figure out how to catch these people,” he said.

Police said Shepard and Blank are driving a red, full-sized, 1993 Chevy extended cab, with large mud tires with the plate number D003270.

If you have any information on the bank robberies or the suspects, you’re asked to call Medford Police at 541-770-4783.

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