Elderly woman's scooter stolen from church


    Steven Lee Staker

    A Rogue River man is in jail on a string of charges including allegations he stole an elderly woman's mobility scooter from a church.

    Steven Lee Staker, 44, faces a felony count of first-degree theft accusing him of a Feb. 26 theft of a power chair valued at $3,000 from New Beginnings Christian Center in the 200 block of West Evans Creek Road, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court and Rogue River police reports.

    Staker allegedly returned the scooter soon after the theft, but only after repainting it. He faces a separate felony charge of first-degree criminal mischief for damaging the scooter, according to police.

    Staker allegedly stole the scooter to give to his girlfriend, according to court documents filed by Rogue River police, but she allegedly refused it and told Staker to get it off her property because it was stolen.

    Police arrested Staker at 10:23 p.m. March 11. He had allegedly eluded police during an attempted traffic stop days before. Police attempted to pull Staker over the afternoon of March 8 in the 300 block of West Evans Creek Road, but he continued northbound at high speeds, prompting police to discontinue the chase for public safety reasons.

    Staker remained Friday in the Jackson County Jail without bail on charges of first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, attempt to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person, as well as assault and harassment charges from an unrelated domestic violence case.

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