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Investigation continues following homeless couple arrest on area theft-related charges

'We’re still continuing to investigate into any other potential crimes...'



— Investigation is continuing following last week’s arrest of a homeless couple in Grangeville on charges related to area thefts.

A Sept. 6 preliminary hearing is set for Joshua M. Campbell, 44, who is charged with burglary, grand theft and aggravated battery, all felonies. His wife, Amanda P. Campbell, 34, is charged with misdemeanor petit theft. Both are currently incarcerated in the Idaho County Jail.

“We’re still continuing to investigate into any other potential crimes they may have committed,” said Sgt. Mike Quintal, Grangeville Police Department. The public is asked to contact GPD with suspicious circumstances related to missing property that may have occurred but gone unreported within the last two weeks.

The Campbells were arrested last Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Heritage Square where they had been living in their van for about five days.

The victims in Joshua’s burglary and theft cases were Kurke and Wynona Shepard who,with the Campbells being homeless, had allowed only Amanda to enter the home to cook and shower. According to court records, between Aug. 10-17, Joshua is alleged to have entered the Shepard’s South Idaho Street home and taken three rifles: a Winchester Model 70 .270, Marlin Glenfield Model 10-22, and Stevens .22-caliber. Additional items, including ammunition, cigarettes, nonprescription medication and food items were also reported missing, but not charged in this case.

One of the missing rifles was recovered at an Elk Street residence from an acquaintance of Joshua, who stated he did not know these were stolen and had paid him for them, subsequently reselling two. In his interview, Joshua said he did not take the rifles, but had provided information to his acquaintance on where these could be found, who then took them.

Amanda was charged with an Aug. 22 theft from a South C Street residence where a Husqvarna 24-inch chain saw was taken. She reported this was taken by Joshua and left at an East South Street residence. As part of this case, Amanda stated she and Joshua had stolen gas from vehicles and items “she would not identify,” from inside, and had stolen food from the Shepard home.

Unrelated to the Campbell’s theft cases, Joshua’s battery charge stems from an early morning July 28 incident reported behind The Establishment. He is alleged to have approached and then hit the victim, Aaron Hohman, who is also Joshua’s brother-in-law, with a steel pipe.

According to court records, Joshua went into the bar and attempted to aggravate and start a fight with Hohman. Hohman later accepted a ride with an acquaintance but on leaving saw Joshua hiding behind a bush out back, got out to confront Joshua who allegedly approached him with the pipe and struck him in the shoulder. According to the report, Hohman took Joshua to the ground and was hitting him when law enforcement arrived and broke up the fight.

Joshua stated it was Hohman who started the incident, verbally accosting him in the bar and later jumping him outside with two other guys who beat him; Joshua came back to the bar to retrieve his phone, and with the pipe, where he said Hohman came after him again.

Campbell was transported to Syringa Hospital for treatment of minor bruises and cuts.


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