Black Bear Diner catering trailer thief sentenced
The woman who helped steal Black Bear Diner's catering trailer on March 31 will spend 30 days in jail and 18 months of supervised probation for her part in the theft.
Charli Gene Swan pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 16, to solicitation of first-degree aggravated theft.
The 25-year-old Corbett resident admitted to soliciting Mikel Ray Harris "to engage in specific conduct, with intentionally committing theft of a trailer and catering supplies, the total value exceeding $10,000, the property of Black Bear Diner in Madras."
Harris was sentenced on April 17 to 30 days in jail and 24 months of supervised probation.
Harris and Swan were caught on video surveillance at Busy Bee Market a few minutes before the theft, and police identified Harris by the credit card he used.
They found most of the trailer's contents at a Corbett residence associated with Harris. The trailer was found near Lewis and Clark Park in Multnomah County.
On April 24, the district attorney's office requested a statewide warrant for Swan, whom police had identified as a person of interest in the case.
Madras Police had reviewed a call Harris made with his mother from jail, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Madras Police.
"During the phone call, Mr. Harris tells (his mother) that he is 'sitting in here because of her,'" the affidavit said. Harris' mother said that "there had to be more people involved in the theft because he would not have gone to Central Oregon if that was not the case."
Harris told his mother that Swan was involved, the affidavit said. His mother asked him if Swan "was the one that was the head of it," and Harris said she was. He told his mother Swan found out about the trailer because "she was over there earlier."
Later, Harris talked to a man by phone and said Swan had talked him into doing some dumb things "and that when it all went down, 'she washed her hands of it.' The male asks Mr. Harris why Ms. Swan wanted a trailer and Mr. Harris says, 'Because she wanted it,'" the affidavit said.
Harris and Swan talked by phone at least three times. On April 6, Swan told Harris she would wait for him until he got out of jail. Swan said Harris was "'sitting there now' for her ... Ms. Swan talks about how she owes Mr. Harris her 'life,'" the affidavit said.
Swan was arrested April 26 by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. She was charged with first-degree aggravated theft, conspiracy to commit a Class B felony, and solicitation of a Class B felony. She was released May 1 after posting $2,500 of the $25,000 security in the case. Two of those charges were dismissed as part of Swan's plea deal.
She failed to appear at a hearing Oct. 14 and was arrested Oct. 31 by a Prineville Police officer working with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team in Jefferson County.
Warm Springs Police had stopped Chardae Baird for speeding. She was being investigated by the CODE Team for possession and delivery of commercial quantities of methamphetamine and heroin.
Baird was driving, and Swan was a passenger. Swan told the officer her name was Samantha, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Prineville officer.
Police, with help from a K9, found a glass smoking device used for meth, as well as a "tooter" in Swan's purse that had brown residue consistent with heroin, the affidavit said.
The officer arrested her for heroin and methamphetamine possession, as well as supplying contraband and giving false information to a peace officer.
Swan pleaded guilty to the charge of giving false information, and the other charges were dismissed.
She was sentenced to 24 days in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, to be served concurrently with the charge related to the theft of the Black Bear Diner trailer.
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