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Turner faces grand theft charge for stealing rifles, handgun from roommate

Already incarcerated, awaiting a court hearing on burglary and theft allegations, a Stites woman faces a new charge regarding stolen firearms.

Jamie I. Turner, 36, waived her preliminary hearing for felony grand theft at a hearing Friday, Sept. 2. Turner was bound over for arraignment at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26. Turner also will have a hearing on two felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor counts of petit theft related to July incidents at The Establishment in Grangeville.

The grand theft charge resulted from an incident allegedly committed by Turner between June 25 and July 18, according to information from court documents and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), in which she took seven rifles and a handgun from her roommate, James Towbridge, from their Kamiah-area residence and pawned them for cash.

On July 23, Towbridge noticed he was missing some firearms and confronted Turner, who, according to ICSO Detective Brian Hewson, said she had taken them to a friend’s home to measure them for a storage table she was having made for them. Subsequent checking by Towbridge resulted in his finding one of the firearms, a Remington 700 30-06, at Dale’s Sporting Goods in Kamiah. As the investigation progressed, more of Towbridge’s stolen firearms were found to have been pawned or sold at First Interstate Pawn in Lewiston and B&B Bargain in Grangeville.

“At this point, three firearms are still missing,” Hewson said.

Unrelated to this case, Turner was initially arrested for burglarizing the Establishment on July 21 and 26, during which she allegedly stole more than $1,000 in cash total.

Grangeville Police Department handled the burglary case, and ICSO investigated the firearms theft.


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