Police: Thefts were inside jobs
A gas station employee’s fishy robbery report helped Ashland police crack a pair of cases Thursday that cost a business thousands of dollars.
Norman Alan Ray, 39, who worked for Mobil at 1515 Siskiyou Blvd., is among four alleged co-conspirators who are accused of participating in a pair of crimes over the past month that cost the gas station $9,000.
Police allege Ray staged a robbery Monday outside Banner Bank on Ashland Street. While Ray was holding about $6,000 in business deposits, Joshua Don Yates allegedly staged an attack and stole the money.
Ray is also accused of plotting in a Jan. 2 burglary, where he allegedly gave his friend Adrian Ray Geyer, 45, the code to the safe in which $3,000 was stolen, according to documents filed by Ashland police in Jackson County Circuit Court.
On Monday, Ray reported to Ashland police that he’d been struck in the head in the bank’s parking lot, and a thief made off with three bank bags.
His wife, Michelle Tawny Lorraine Ray, 38, is charged as a co-conspirator in the cases tied to both theft conspiracy cases, according to an Ashland police release and court documents.
Geyer faces felony burglary and theft charges for the alleged role in the Jan. 2 crime, accusing him of breaking into the gas station through a glass window, accessing the safe and stealing several cartons of cigarettes, according to Ashland police affidavits.
Michelle Ray allegedly drove Geyer to the burglary and relayed information from her husband to Geyer about the alarm code and safe combination.
Yates, 39, faces felony theft and theft conspiracy charges for his alleged role.
Michelle Ray allegedly told police that she and Norman Ray had agreed to split the money evenly with the friend involved in each crime.
As of Thursday evening, all four were still in the Jackson County Jail.
Norman Ray is held on $20,000 bail facing charges of conspiring to commit second-degree burglary, conspiring to commit first-degree theft, first-degree theft and misdemeanor counts of initiating a false report and possessing methamphetamine.
Michelle Ray is held in jail on $30,000 bail on charges of second-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree theft and conspiring to commit first-degree theft.
Geyer is held without bail on felony counts of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft, a misdemeanor charge of second-degree criminal mischief and for violating his probation on a prior conviction for felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
Yates is held on $22,500 bail facing felony counts of first-degree theft and conspiring to commit first-degree theft, and for failing to appear in court on a previous charge of possessing methamphetamine.