Social Media Assists Police ID’ing Theft Suspect
Medford police have cited and released Lumpy's theft suspect Jeremi Lathrop, 23, on second-degree theft charges.
Lt. Mike Budreau said a series of tips on social media and over the phone led to police speaking to Lathrop on the phone this morning. Lathrop, who knew police were looking for him, agreed to meet them in a parking lot in the 600 block of Royal Court, where he received the citation just after 9 a.m.
At 9:23 a.m. Monday, surveillance video shows Lathrop, wearing a Pantera brand shirt, walking in and asking for a package of cigarettes. Police say Lathrop handed over his ID and a $5 bill to pay. When the clerk opened the register to fish out the change — a nickel — the suspect scooped up a handful of bills from the till and bolted.