MEDFORD, Ore. — Three suspects are now in custody for a vandalism spree that occurred early Wednesday morning in downtown Medford.
19-year-old Corey Timberlake, 18-year-old Zaryun Depriest, and a 15-year-old juvenile have been charged on suspicion of committing several separate crimes.
The first crime brought to the attention of the Medford Police Department (MPD) before 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning was a report of two flaming vending machines in the 500-block of W 6th Street.
Officers used their fire extinguishers to keep the fire from spreading until firefighters could arrive. Both the vending machines and part of the nearby building were damaged in the fire.
Upon review of surveillance video, detectives determined that three males visited the vending machine just before the fire. One apparently lit a firework and put it under the machine. Within minutes, the vending machine went up in flames.
From that footage, detectives were able to identify the teens. They also found that the same teens had been involved in other acts of vandalism that very night—including a broken window at the Mail Tribune building and a vehicle damaged when the boys threw bottles from the top of the Middleford Parking Garage.
Timberlake has been charged with Arson in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. The other two teens have been charged with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.