Ashland man convicted of 3 convenience store robberies

An Ashland man who robbed three convenience stores in seven days last summer was convicted of his crimes Wednesday.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Gerking found Scott Michael Jones, 29, guilty of four counts of second-degree robbery, a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory 70-month sentence.

"I was very pleased with the verdict," said Beth Heckert, chief deputy district attorney. "Medford and Ashland police departments did an excellent job of putting this case together."

Gerking rendered his verdicts following the close of a two-day bench trial late Wednesday morning. Sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 18.

Jones' crime spree began June 17, when he robbed the Ashland Minute Market at 304 N. Main St. He robbed another Minute Market, at 610 E. Main St., Medford, on June 21. He committed his final robbery June 23 at the Circle K at 1068 S. Riverside Ave., Medford, Heckert said.

"In each of the robberies he pulled up his shirt and showed what looked like the butt of a gun sticking out of his pants," Heckert said.

Two store clerks were robbed at the Ashland Minute Market, leading to the fourth count of second-degree robbery, she said.

"Each person you rob is an individual count," Heckert said, adding she would seek consecutive sentences for at least some of the convictions.

Heckert called 20 witnesses to make her case against Jones. Public defender Andrew Vandergaw represented Jones, who opted not to take the stand and testify in his own defense.

Three of the four victims testified against Jones, Heckert said, adding one victim has moved away since the crimes occurred.

Heckert said Jones was captured on video in a nearby Fred Meyer prior to the Medford Circle K robbery. Store employees testified Jones appeared nervous and was acting suspiciously.

"We believe (Jones) stole a hat prior to the Circle K robbery," Heckert said, adding a jacket, shirt and hat were discovered nearby after the robbery.

"All three items tested positive for Jones' DNA," Heckert said, adding the hat still had its tags attached.

About six minutes after the Circle K robbery, Jones checked into the Royal Crest Motel, "which is within running distance of the Circle K," Heckert said.

"Hotel personnel testified Jones was nervous and appeared to have been running," she said.

Medford police arrested Jones the following day, June 24, Heckert said, adding a fingerprint taken from the door of the East Main Minute Market matched Jones'.

Medford police Detective Bill Ford testified the robberies stopped with Jones' arrest.

Sanne Specht is a reporter for the Mail Tribune. Reach her at 541-776-4497 or by email at

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