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Man sentenced for theft from neighborhood evacuated for fire

A Central Point man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for looting during the fires around Shady Cove in September 2020.

Padyn Daniel Dineen, 32, pleaded no contest to first-degree aggravated theft Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Shady Cove was under an evacuation order because of ongoing wildfires in the area Sept. 12, 2020. Residents in the Sawyer Road and Rogue River Drive area reported people looting evacuated homes. One report was about a man wearing dark clothes and driving a quad owned by someone else on Sawyer Road.

After further investigation, it was determined the man driving the quad was Dineen and that he was driving it without the owner’s permission.

Underneath the quad seat was an owner’s manual with the owner’s name on it. The deputy investigating “happened to know the owner of the quad personally and knew he had evacuated due to the wildfires,” according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Dineen was indicted by a grand jury Nov. 25, 2020.

He was apprehended by law enforcement for that theft and a variety of other charges stemming from about a dozen cases. He has been in Jackson County Jail since June 2021.

Dineen must also serve two years of post-supervision and pay restitution.