A man who was nabbed by police as he fled from a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant with a cash register in his hands has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
Sean Anthony Reed, 27, of the 200 block of Orange Street in Medford, pleaded guilty this week to second-degree robbery in the KFC case. In a separate case, he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary for entering an occupied home with the intent to commit theft.
Reed was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.
In the burglary case, Reed entered an occupied home Oct. 6, and later that day he used a victim's Oregon Trail food benefits card to buy $223.05 worth of items at Food 4 Less grocery store on Biddle Road in Medford, according to a probable cause affidavit by Medford police.
On Oct. 21, Reed entered a KFC in south Medford with his face covered, claiming to have a gun. He ransacked the restaurant and took two cash registers, according to Medford police.
Officers swarming the area saw him running down East Barnett Road with one of the cash registers still in his hands. He was arrested in the parking lot of the Royal Crest Motel, according to police.
Police said they found the second cash register nearby.
Reed was lodged in the Jackson County Jail.
On Oct. 23, police were doing a follow-up investigation about the illegal use of the Oregon Trail card. They identified the person using the card at Food 4 Less as Reed by looking at his jail booking mug shots and Facebook photos, according to a probable cause affidavit.
From 2009 into 2014, Reed had a string of other convictions for first-degree theft, second-degree theft, first-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance and possession of a stolen vehicle, court records show.
In 2014, Reed was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in an identity theft case, court records show.
During his sentencing hearing this week, Reed said he was doing well after being released from prison and had a job. But he said he suffered a break-up and used that as an excuse to engage in bad behavior.
Reed pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession in September of this year, court records show.
— Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.