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Prolific thief gets 10 years
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Jason Stembridge

A man who stole just about everything – from cartons of cigarettes, to John Deere farm equipment, to a classic Camaro – was sentenced to serve 10 years on Wednesday.

Jason Douglas Stembridge, 36, was sentenced by Judge Bart Stanley for four counts of theft between $10,000 and $60,000, three counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, one count of theft under $1,000, burglary and vandalism.

Stembridge’s stealing spree took place in early 2019 and he originally wanted his charges to be decided by a jury. But he opted for a plea arrangement Wednesday that saw him be handed a 10-year sentence, along with orders to pay about $14,000 in restitution to the victims.

The list of items that were stolen include a 1984 Camaro, a 1982 GMC pickup, a 2016 John Deere skid steer, a 40-foot trailer, and a 2014 Polaris Razor ATV.

When it comes to less expensive items, Stembridge stole a 2003 GMC flat-bad truck and a 1999 Silverado pickup.

Stembridge also broke into Eastside Market and stole 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 jailed for similar crimes in DeKalb County.