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Fire looting suspect, chronic FTA offender arrested

A Central Point man who has skipped 86 court appearances is back behind bars.

Padyn Daniel Dineen, 31, is in the Jackson County Jail with a bail of $525,000 on a string of charges in a dozen pending cases that include aggravated theft, marijuana delivery and eluding police in a vehicle, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Prior to his arrest Wednesday at a Prospect home, Dineen had topped the Jackson County FTA chronic offender list by failing to appear in court 86 times since January 2020.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, which includes the U.S. Marshals Service, Central Point police and the sheriff’s office, found Dineen hiding in an upstairs bedroom in the 2000 block of Mill Creek Road in Prospect, according to the release.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Dineen on warrants charging him with new counts of attempting to elude police in a vehicle and possessing more than an ounce of methamphetamine, Jackson County Jail records show, along with numerous failure to appear warrants on burglary, criminal mischief and drug charges.

One of those warrants was for failure to appear in court on prior aggravated theft and burglary charges accusing him of riding an ATV in a Shady Cove neighborhood during the South Obenchain fire Sept. 13, and burglarizing evacuated homes.

The sheriff’s office last year named Dineen as one of two suspects in a June 16, 2020, burglary at a hemp storage facility on East Evans Creek Road near Rogue River.

Dineen and another suspect allegedly wore camouflage and attempted to load a sedan with processed hemp, according to earlier news reports.

Dineen has not been charged in that case, court records show, but was charged with felony counts of unlawfully delivering and possessing large quantities of marijuana in February and April of last year.

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