Alleged gold thief sought by Medford police

Courtesy: Medford Police

An alleged gold thief is on the run and police need your help to find him.

Medford police raided 58-year-old Randell Lee Thomas's home in Trail and found evidence he is the man behind a break-in at a property in the 800 block of Lawnsdale Road in Medford in February.

Two firearms and $100,000 in gold coins were stolen February 7.

After months of work by a Medford detective a case against Thomas was put together.

He may be trying to get rid of the hot gold.

"He may be using it to sustain himself. Word is he has been trading this stuff for money and for property," Budreau said. "We wouldn't be surprised if he is continuing to do that. If you know him or have a suspicious person trying to get rid of some gold obviously that would be a red flag."

Police are scoping out pawn shops and coin dealers but if you see him give police a call.

Thomas is described as six foot one, about 190 pounds with a bald with blue eyes.

"He does have some connections to the coast so he could be traveling to that area and returning to Trail," Budreau said.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Thomas on the theft charges in the case March 21.

Anyone with information on Thomas's location can call or text Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580 and refer to case number KTVL 05-14-19.

Depending on the case and the information is given, Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and filing of charges. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Rogue Credit Union.

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