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Man charged in theft from White City hemp warehouse

A Gold Hill man faces a string of burglary and robbery charges after he allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of hemp and cannabis from a White City warehouse.

Thomas Lee Dargie, 37, was arrested Thursday morning following a marijuana theft at a warehouse valued at more than $7,000, according to court documents filed Friday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Jackson County Circuit Court.

A warehouse employee told police he encountered Dargie allegedly stealing a large bag of hemp shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday.

During the confrontation, Dargie allegedly made “numerous” threats to punch the employee before fleeing east from the warehouse along the railroad tracks.

A sheriff’s deputy found Dargie about 20 minutes later hiding in a dumpster, along with the bag.

Police said in court documents that Dargie “smelled strongly of hemp” when they found him.

“Dargie denied stealing the hemp, and said he only ran because the cops were chasing him,” the sheriff’s office said in court documents.

Dargie made his initial court appearance Friday on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree robbery and first-degree theft. During the hearing, Judge Lorenzo Mejia set Dargie’s bail at $35,000 and ordered enhanced supervision upon release.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Thomas Lee Dargie is accused of robbing a White City warehouse of more than $7,000 worth of hemp. Jackson County Jail booking photo