Accused Medford Coffee Stand Bandit Found Guilty

Jason Swindler was charged for four separate coffee stand robberies spread throughout 2017.

Posted: May 30, 2018 2:47 PM
Updated: May 30, 2018 3:13 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A man accused of four separate robberies at several different coffee stands in Medford has been tried, convicted and sentenced for those crimes, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Initially, Jason Swindler was arrested by the Medford Police Department (MPD) and charged for just one of those robberies. However, after investigators examined evidence from four different crime scenes, they began to suspect that Swindler was involved in all of them.

The robberies were reported as follows:

 - On the evening of January 17, 2017, the Dutch Brothers stand at 1227 Stewart Avenue was robbed. The suspect approached the stand wearing glasses, mismatched gloves (the right-hand glove was grey with black rubberized material and the left-hand black with grey rubberized material), with a baseball cap and a hood covering his head. He demanded money from both tills be put in a cup and rode off before police arrived.

 - On the evening of March 8, 2017, the Human Bean at 1831 E Barnett Road was robbed. The suspect approached the stand wearing black gloves with grey rubberized material, a hood covering his head, riding a bicycle. He demanded money from both tills be put in a cup and rode off before police arrived.

 - On the evening of December 3, 2017, the Dutch Brothers stand at 1227 Stewart Avenue was robbed. The suspect walked up to the stand wearing glasses, a hood, and grey gloves with black rubberized material. He demanded money from both tills be put in a cup while keeping his left hand concealed from view. The baristas believed that the suspect was concealing a weapon of some kind. He ran away before police arrived.

 - On the evening of December 18, 2017, the Dutch Brothers stand at 1005 Summit Avenue was robbed. The suspect walked up to the stand wearing a 'distinct jacket' and glasses. He demanded money from both tills be put in a cup, and kept placing his left hand on his jacket pocket—making the baristas believe that he was carrying a weapon. The suspect took the money and ran before police arrived, but video and a still photo from the robbery was posted on Facebook by MPD. An anonymous tip led police to Swindler.

Swindler was arrested on December 22, 2017 in connection with the December 18 robbery at Dutch Brothers. A search warrant executed at Swindler's residence and his car produced the 'distinct jacket' sighted in December 18 robbery, as well as two pairs of glasses similar to the ones seen in the still photo, according to the DA's Office.

Detectives also found a mustard yellow t-shirt and a pair of gloves that were similar to items seen at the three as-yet unsolved coffee stand robberies.

Reviewing videos from those previous robberies led detectives to believe that the build of the suspect was similar in each, according to the DA's Office. The suspect's gloves also appeared similar in each robbery. A second search of Swindler's residence turned up a pair of athletic pants with a distinctive stripe that matched the suspect's attire in the very first robbery.

Eventually, items of clothing that could be placed at each robbery were uncovered at Swindler's residence, according to the DA's Office.

Swindler was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court on Wednesday for two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree and four counts of Robbery in the Third Degree—receiving 240 months in prison and three years of probation, as well as the requirement to pay restitution.

At the sentencing, one of the victims spoke out—saying that she is still impacted to this day, can no longer work night shifts, and is fearful when customers walk up to the service window.

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