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Accused thief to get jury trial

A man accused of stealing just about anything – from cartons of cigarettes, to John Deere farm equipment, to a classic Camaro – will have his charges heard by a jury.

Jason Douglas Stembridge, 34, faces eight counts of theft, one count of burglary, and one count of vandalism. Currently in jail in DeKalb County, Stembridge was assigned a Nov. 7 jury trial during his most recent appearance in Warren County Court.

Four of Stembridge’s theft charges are for property valued at more than $10,000.

One victim reported a 1984 Camaro and a 1982 GMC pickup were stolen. Another victim said a 2016 John Deere skid steer was taken from his property.

The list of stolen property continued to grow as another victim reported the loss of a 40-foot Hank trailer. Still another victim had a 2014 Polaris Razor ATV taken.

All of those thefts listed the value of property stolen between $10,000 and $60,000.

When it comes to less expensive vehicles, Stembridge is accused of taking a 2003 GMC flat-bad truck and a 1999 Silverado pickup.

Stembridge is also charged with breaking into Eastside Market and stealing two cartons of cigarettes. 

Since the crimes occurred both inside and outside McMinnville city limits, at least eight officers with Warren County Sheriff’s Department and McMinnville Police Department spent time investigating the cases.

Stembridge reportedly had some of the stolen property in his possession when officers went to his home in DeKalb County. 

Stembridge was charged and sentenced for similar crimes in DeKalb County. He had served his jail time and been released before he was caught violating his probation in February and returned to jail.