Woman admits to Shady Cove looting
A Central Point woman will serve two years in prison after admitting to burglarizing a Shady Cove home that had been evacuated during the South Obenchain fire.
Katrina L. Diehl, 35, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to burglary and theft charges, admitting to ransacking a Shady Cove home that was under Level 3 “Go” evacuation, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.
An alleged co-suspect, Reed Montgomery Tardiff, 25, of Medford, remains held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.
On Sept. 10, a witness called police after allegedly spotting Tardiff and Diehl — also known as Katrina La Rae Lathrop — place several backpacks in a black car taken from a home in the first block of Cindy Court.
Police later found the backpacks hidden in nearby bushes, according to an affidavit filed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. When police made contact with Diehl, she reportedly told officers she did not know the victims.
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Greif sentenced Diehl to 24 months in prison — 24 months for first-degree burglary and 13 months for first-degree theft, to be served concurrently — and ordered that she pay restitution in an amount to be determined.