Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for two suspects believed to be tied to recent bank robberies in Medford and Ashland.
John Steven Shepard and Kimberly Ann Blank, both 37, are wanted in connection with a robbery Thursday at an Umpqua Bank branch in south Ashland and a March 20 robbery at Bank of the Cascades in Medford, according to a release from Medford police. Police believe the pair may have been involved with other bank robberies, as well.
The suspects are believed to be driving a red, lifted, 1993 full-sized Chevrolet 1500 pickup with an extended cab and an Oregon license plate number of D003270, which Ashland Deputy Chief Warren Hensman said was based on "additional intel" received late Friday. Earlier reports stated the couple were driving a green Subaru.
At just after noon Thursday, a man allegedly robbed the Umpqua Bank branch at 512 Walker Ave. in Ashland, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Hensman wouldn't provide additional details about the robbery or whether a weapon was involved. Surveillance footage showed the man had shoulder-length brown hair and a beard and was wearing a blue plaid shirt, dark jacket, tinted glasses and a light cowboy hat.
On March 20, a man allegedly handed a teller a note at Bank of the Cascades, 3100 Crater Lake Highway, before fleeing with an unknown amount of cash. No weapon was seen in that robbery, according to reports.
At about 10 p.m. Thursday, Medford and Ashland police detectives executed a search warrant at Shepard and Blank's residence in the 7600 block of Highway 227 in Trail, but the pair weren't home, according to the release.
Earlier in the day Thursday, Eagle Point police seized the pair's vehicle after a traffic stop in White City. The press release did not say who was driving the car or why it was stopped.
Hensman declined to say what evidence police found after searching the property and vehicle.
"We'll be more forthcoming next week," Hensman said.
Shepard is described as white, 6 feet tall and 195 pounds, with brown hair. Blank is described as white, 5-feet-1 and 145 pounds, with blond hair with pink-dyed tips.
Hensman advised the public to call 911 if someone spots them.
"I wouldn't approach them," Hensman said.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call Ashland police at 541-482-5211 or call 911.
— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.