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  • Stewart Avenue Market robbery probe nets third suspect

    Cole Siegler, 19, was charged with second-degree robbery and conspiracy
  • The third suspect in a convenience store robbery attempt involving a Bill Clinton mask and a toy gun has been arrested.
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  • The third suspect in a convenience store robbery attempt involving a Bill Clinton mask and a toy gun has been arrested.
    Cole Alexander Ziegler, 19, of the 200 block of Haven Street, Medford, was booked Tuesday into the Jackson County Jail, where he remains on charges of second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. His bail was set at $1.01 million Wednesday.
    Ziegler is alleged to have helped plan the robbery with 19-year-old Andrew William Baugh and 18-year-old David Alan Ayala. Baugh and Ayala also remain in jail after being arraigned on charges of second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, third- and second-degree theft. Their bails are also set at $1.01 million.
    "They all formulated the plan essentially together and acted together," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "The fact that one particular individual work the mask and (had the) gun, criminally, doesn't matter if they all planned it together and carried it out together."
    Medford police allege Ziegler was one of two lookouts during the incident. He is suspected of being outside the Stewart Market, 1135 Lozier Lane, during the robbery attempt. Ayala was allegedly stationed inside.
    The robbery occurred at 8:09 p.m. Jan. 4, police said. Baugh allegedly walked into the business wearing a Bill Clinton mask and wielding a fake pistol. He demanded money but ran out the door with Ayala before the on-duty clerk could get the register open.
    "For whatever reason, he aborted the mission, so to speak," Budreau said. "Didn't change the fact the robbery already occurred."
    Police later found Ayala and Ziegler walking north on Lozier Lane. Ayala was arrested at the time. Baugh was arrested at his home in the 400 block of Fairmount Street on Jan. 5. Investigators found the Bill Clinton mask, replica handgun and clothing matching the robbery suspects' descriptions hidden beneath the foundation of the Lozier Lane Baptist Church.
    A Jackson County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Ayala, Baugh and Ziegler in the case. Ziegler was then arrested without incident.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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