Accused looters are southwest Oregon residents
Your report on the looters did not mention whether they were local or from out of town. Please let me know If they were from other areas.
— Guy, Medford
A mid-September article detailed allegations against seven people accused of looting in areas damaged by the Almeda fire or under evacuation alerts from the South Obenchain fire.
Six of the accused people are from the Rogue Valley, while one has a Klamath Falls address, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.
Jason Paul Gibbs, 34, of the 2100 block of Poplar Drive in Medford; Cameryn Mykal Geiger, 29, of Grants Pass; and Manuel Jarome Parks, 43, of the 300 block of West Clark Street in Medford, are accused of looting property from the Medford Estates manufactured home park and hiding items in homeless camps along the Bear Creek Greenway, according to court records.
A person who is homeless may sometimes still have an address listed in court records.
Most of the 245 homes at Medford Estates in north Phoenix were decimated by the Almeda fire.
All three of the men have been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree theft. They were listed as inmates in the Jackson County Jail as of Monday, with bail of at least $100,000 each.
Gibbs and Geiger have prior arrest records in Jackson County, while Parks has arrest records in Jackson and Klamath counties.
In another case, police said Kyle Delaney Mahan, 28, of Klamath Falls was found trying to pry open a safe at a burned house in Phoenix and was found in possession of stolen checks from the charred neighborhood.
Mahan has been charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing and two counts of first-degree theft. He has prior arrests in Klamath County.
Mahan was released from the Jackson County Jail after posting a $5,000 security payment on $50,000 bail.
Other accused looters were found in areas threatened by the South Obenchain fire, which is burning east of Shady Cove.
Ricky Lee Davis, 39, of the 300 block of North Eighth Street in Central Point, and Christopher Eugene Stegeman, 32, of the 400 block of Laurel Street in Medford, were arrested after witnesses reported suspicious men loading a truck bed with stolen property.
Davis is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree aggravated theft. He’s had a long string of arrests in Jackson County on charges that included theft, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, manufacture of marijuana and meth possession.
Davis is being held in jail without bail on a parole or probation violation for a past first-degree theft conviction.
Stegeman faces charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree aggravated theft. He’s being held on $100,000 bail. He has a string of arrests in Jackson County on charges that include theft, burglary, identity theft, meth and heroin possession and child neglect.
Katrina Diehl, 35, of the 11400 block of Blackwell Road outside Central Point, and Reed Montgomery Tardif, 25, of the 1700 block of Whitman Avenue in Medford, face charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree theft after allegedly loading backpacks with items from a home they ransacked in a Shady Cove evacuation zone.
Tardif has a history of arrests in Jackson County on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, theft, and heroin and meth possession. His bail is set at $42,500.
Diehl’s bail is set at $35,000, according to Monday jail records.
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