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  • Three burglars must pay restitution

    They received probation instead of prison terms under Recovery Opportunity Court guidelines
  • Three serial burglars must serve probation and pay restitution after pleading guilty Wednesday to committing numerous crimes that supported drug habits.
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  • Three serial burglars must serve probation and pay restitution after pleading guilty Wednesday to committing numerous crimes that supported drug habits.
    Prison sentences will be the penalty for Tyree Anthony Hairston, Broc Alan Atkinson and Michael Todd Diehl if they don't comply with conditions of Recovery Opportunity Court, which helps offenders find employment so they can repay victims, said Karen Loomis, deputy district attorney for Jackson County.
    "Some victims are totally wanting a person to rehabilitate," said Loomis, adding that others "don't believe a word" the offenders said.
    "I heard some of both today."
    Requiring supervised probation, the Jackson County Circuit Court program is designed specifically for repeat property offenders addicted to drugs or alcohol, said Lisa McCreadie, treatment-court coordinator for Circuit Court.
    "If they fail in our court, they will go to prison," said McCreadie.
    The District Attorney's office, however, objected to the alternative sentences in the cases of Hairston and Atkinson, said Loomis.
    "I feel when you do multiple burglaries ... you should be going to prison," said Loomis.
    Diehl, 44, and Hairston, 22, have remained in the Jackson County Jail since July, when police arrested them in unrelated burglary cases. Atkinson, 22, has been free on his own recognizance since June.
    Atkinson, who has no known address, is one of four men charged in a string of east Medford burglaries that police said were particularly disturbing because the homes' residents were inside and, in many instances, asleep. One of Atkinson's co-defendant's, 22-year-old Cameron Jordan Gentry, of Medford, has entered ROC. Cases against 23-year-olds Clayton James Lappat and Hayden Andrew Wray, both of Medford, are pending.
    The four were arrested May 31 after stealing jewelry and electronics worth thousands of dollars, along with some prescription medications, in February and March. Atkinson also was charged with possession of methamphetamine and heroin.
    Police found evidence of meth possession, manufacture and delivery when they arrested Hairston July 15 at the Valli Hai Motel on Medford's Court Street. The Medford man rode a bicycle between homes in Medford and Central Point, where he stole jewelry and electronics. Surveillance video from a camera in the 600 block of Hedy Jane linked Hairston to the crimes.
    Video surveillance also led to Diehl's July 24 arrest after 22 break-ins to RVs parked at storage units in Medford and Central Point. Weapons, ammunition, flat-screen televisions, walkie-talkies, media players and cash were stolen. Diehl, who has no known address, was living in a stolen RV, police said.
    Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 541-776-4487 or slemon@mailtribune.com.
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