• Familiar face finds himself back behind bars after Phoenix burglary

  • PHOENIX — Sandee Dane Kensinger is once again bunking in the Jackson County Jail, a place that should be quite familiar to him after two serious run-ins with the law since June.
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  • PHOENIX — Sandee Dane Kensinger is once again bunking in the Jackson County Jail, a place that should be quite familiar to him after two serious run-ins with the law since June.
    Phoenix police believe Kensinger committed eight crimes — two of them felonies — within a two-hour period Thursday morning, Phoenix police Officer Adam Lewis said.
    The mini-crime spree culminated in Kensinger breaking into a trailer belonging to an elderly woman and smashing her antique belongings, Lewis said.
    Kensinger, 27, is suspected of starting his morning at 6 a.m. by rummaging through a dumpster near a Phoenix business before being scared off by an employee, Lewis said.
    He then allegedly broke into a car parked in the 4600 block of South Pacific Highway and stole a green Carhartt coat, a pack of Camel cigarettes and a pair of sunglasses, Lewis said.
    Officers allege he left the car and ventured into a trailer park along South Pacific Highway, where he entered a trailer and began trashing the place for reasons not known to police.
    "He didn't know the woman who owned the trailer," Lewis said. "It appeared to us that he was under the influence of some sort of drug."
    Kensinger threw the woman's belongings through windows and smashed several expensive antiques, Lewis said.
    "He destroyed a clock that was at least 100 years old," Lewis said. "He just started opening boxes and throwing things through the window. Some of the stuff went flying into the street."
    The trailer's owner lives in a nursing home and used the trailer to store her belongings, Lewis said.
    Officers and deputies with Phoenix, Talent and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office surrounded the trailer and made entry at around 8 a.m.
    "When we got in there Kensinger decided he wanted to fight," Lewis said. "He kicked a deputy and had to be subdued."
    Lewis was at the scene and had no idea whom he was dealing with until he rolled Kensinger over after the officers took control of him in the kitchen.
    "When I saw him it all fell into place," Lewis said. "I would be curious to know how many times I've arrested Kensinger."
    Kensinger was wearing the Carhartt coat and had the pack of cigarettes from the car in his pocket, Lewis said.
    He was arrested on counts of first-degree burglary, felony assault of a police officer, first-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, third-degree theft and second-degree trespassing. He remained lodged in jail late Friday on $121,000 bail.
    Kensinger made news in June when he was arrested on felony charges linking him to a series of Ashland car break-ins. He was accused of stealing several items, including a shotgun, from three vehicles, and was convicted on these crimes on Aug. 6, but apparently served less than a month in jail before these latest crimes were reported.
    Kensinger has 11 felony arrests dating back nine years. Most of his convictions are for drug possession, though he has been hit with burglary and identity theft charges, court records show.
    Police across the Rogue Valley believe a serious drug addiction drives Kensinger's crimes, Lewis said.
    "At some point we'd like to think Mr. Kensinger would learn his lesson, but this doesn't seem likely in the near future," Lewis said. "We think it's time he goes away for a long while."
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or e-mail him at cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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