Two charged in pot warehouse theft near Ashland
Two men are accused of trying to steal at least $10,000 worth of marijuana from a warehouse outside Ashland and injuring a driver when they rammed an occupied vehicle with their SUV.
Philip Adrian Semper, 32, of Shady Cove, and Brandon Allen Crum, 24, of White City, each face attempted aggravated theft charges alleging they entered a warehouse in the 2700 block of Old Highway 99 South Tuesday morning and attempted to load a white 2010 GMC Yukon XL with cannabis, according to documents filed by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Semper and Crum were spotted on surveillance video at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, prompting a 26-year-old male employee to confront them, according to court documents filed by police.
Semper and Crum ran to their SUV, and as they tried to get away, the employee tried to block them with his vehicle, court records show. Semper is accused of ramming his SUV into the employee’s vehicle, causing about $2,000 worth of damage, police said.
Semper allegedly admitted to police that he rammed the vehicle, but he told police it was because he’d been shot at, court records show. A 54-year-old woman who was at the scene told police she didn’t have a firearm, and an inspection of the 26-year-old man’s weapon showed the handgun had not recently been fired.
Crum allegedly claimed that he and Semper “were simply hunting for mushrooms and were shot at for no reason,” according to an affidavit filed by the sheriff’s office.
Crum faces an additional misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief alleging he used bolt cutters to enter the building and damaged a metal storage container, according to court documents.
Semper faces felony counts of second-degree assault, hit-and-run to injured persons, unlawful use of a weapon, and first-degree criminal mischief. Assault in the second degree is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory-minimum 70-month prison sentence.
Jackson County Jail staff allegedly found heroin on Semper during booking. Court records show no prior felony convictions for Semper.
Crum has pending felony cases in Jackson County charging him with delivering and possessing heroin in June 2017, and first-degree burglary in July 2017.
Crum and Semper made their initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
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