Medford Police were dispatched to Best Buy Electronics Store Saturday, Mar. 3 at 2:53 p.m. for a Theft and Criminal Mischief. Officers learned that a male suspect was able to set off the sprinkler system inside the store, which caused enough distraction for him to steal a laptop computer. Employees confronted the male outside the store and eventually recovered the stolen laptop. The suspect then ran away on foot.
The water caused significant damage to the store. While the exact amount of damage is not available at time of this release, it is estimated to be in the several thousand dollars. The store also had to be evacuated and temporarily closed.
Officers located a 16 year old female accomplice, who was interviewed and released to a parent.
Medford Police have identified the outstanding suspect in this case and are attempting to locate him. Police are not releasing the name of the suspect at this time.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Medford Police Detective Division, 541-774-2230.