Mark Duane Anders

Two men indicted on multiple counts in December crime spree

Two men have been indicted on robbery, theft, assault and drug charges for their suspected roles in a home-invasion robbery targeting medical marijuana in the Applegate earlier this month.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Jack Edgar Watt, 35, of Salem, and Mark Duane Anders, 43, no address listed, after investigators tracked a trail of stolen vehicles and other evidence of the robbery to Salem and Portland, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Both are in custody — Anders in Jackson County and Watt in Marion County — on multiple charges, only some of which are directly related to the Applegate robbery, Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Rich Fogarty said.

In the robbery, which was reported at about 8 a.m. Dec. 12, two men wearing ski masks and carrying guns barged into a home in the 7200 block of Thompson Creek Road and ordered the man and woman there onto the floor at gunpoint, investigators said.

The robbers bound the man and woman, then continued to punch and kick him as they ransacked the home. The robbers took more than 10 pounds of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of cash, a firearm and the man's vehicle.

Police found another stolen vehicle that the robbers were believed to have driven abandoned near the intersection of Thomas Creek and Nine Mile roads on the day of the robbery.

Fogarty said the pair left a trail of stolen vehicles — usually littered with traces and sometimes large pieces of evidence — across the state as they dumped vehicles and stole new ones in an effort to elude authorities and get a large vehicle for hauling items they were stealing and buying with proceeds from their spree.

Authorities finally caught up with Watt Dec. 16 after he led officers on a chase near Portland, officials said. He was driving a stolen car and had a gun reported stolen in the Applegate robbery and marijuana in the vehicle.

Watt is lodged in the Marion County Jail on two counts each of possession and delivery of marijuana and attempting to elude police in a vehicle, as well as charges of criminal conspiracy, unauthorized use of a vehicle, recklessly endangering another and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bail is set at $60,000, online jail records indicate.

Detectives identified Anders as a person of interest early in the investigation, Fogarty said. He was arrested in Salem and brought to the Jackson County Jail on Dec. 22, initially lodged on charges of third-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, harassment and driving with a suspended license. Investigators then added two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, and charges of third-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon. He is held without bail.

The indictment returned Tuesday charges both men with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, first-degree theft, possession of marijuana and three counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle. First-degree robbery is a Measure 11 crime with a mandatory minimum sentence and a $1 million bail.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail

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