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Shady Cove man accused in second marijuana theft case

A man accused of trying to steal marijuana from storage containers near Emigrant Lake has been indicted on new charges for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 worth of pot with three different men west of Butte Falls.

Philip Adrian Semper, 32, of the 20600 block of Highway 62 in Shady Cove, faces charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated theft for allegedly entering a building on Butte Falls Highway and stealing marijuana on April 7, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

His three co-defendants in the case have been charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated theft as well.

The three men are Mitchell Jeffrey King, 29, no known address, Hank Sterling Sowell, 33, of the 100 block of Daryl Lane in Shady Cove, and Jesse Oliver Parker, 36, who has a post office box address in Eagle Point, court records show.

Semper was already in the Jackson County Jail in connection with the Emigrant Lake area case when he was indicted for the Butte Falls case.

Semper and Brandon Allen Crum, 24, of the 14900 block of Antioch Road in White City, were arrested on April 10 when they allegedly tried to break into storage containers to steal marijuana on Old Highway 99 South near Emigrant Lake.

Semper and Crum were allegedly seen on a video surveillance camera using bolt cutters to get into a storage container, according to a probable cause affidavit.

An employee confronted the two men, who allegedly ran from the area on foot. When the employee attempted to block the roadway with his vehicle to prevent the pair from escaping in a GMC Suburban, Semper — who was driving — rammed the Suburban into the employee’s vehicle, injuring the employee and damaging his vehicle, the affidavit alleged.

Semper and Crum continued on the roadway but were caught by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office personnel and taken into custody, the affidavit said.

Officials said Semper admitted that he and Crum had used bolt cutters to try and steal marijuana from inside the storage container. Semper also admitted to striking the employee’s vehicle with his own while trying to escape, the affidavit said, although Semper claimed he had been shot at.

A deputy checked the employee’s gun and found it had not been fired recently, the affidavit said.

Semper was taken to jail, where heroin was found hidden on his body, the affidavit said.

He remains lodged in jail on $100,000 bail, according to Monday jail records.

Semper is charged with second-degree assault, failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted first-degree aggravated theft, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal mischief in connection with the Emigrant Lake area case.

Crum claimed he and Semper were hunting for mushrooms and were shot at for no reason, the affidavit said.

Crum, who faces first-degree aggravated theft and second-degree criminal mischief charges, was released from jail on his own recognizance, according to jail records.

As for the three other men charged in the Butte Falls Highway marijuana burglary case with Semper, a warrant has been issued for King’s arrest, court records show.

Sowell and Parker are not listed as jail inmates. Court records do not show whether they were taken into custody, or if they were released on bail or their own recognizance.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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