A man accused of trying to carjack a woman outside a Grants Pass convenience store in April, a day after abandoning a stolen Jeep on railroad tracks in Merlin, was sentenced Thursday to 22 months in prison.

James Dillon Card also was ordered to pay restitution as part of a plea deal to charges that included unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempted unauthorized use, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and second-degree theft.

Card, a 21-year-old transient, chose not to address the court at his sentencing hearing before Josephine Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hull, but said he understood the terms of his plea deal.

The restitution amount he will pay to his victims is still being determined, but Deputy District Attorney Esther Smith said it could be a hefty sum since one of the cars Card stole was worth more than $10,000.

"He definitely has a history of stealing cars and breaking into cars," she said after Thursday's hearing.

The case stemmed from a series of events that began the morning of April 1, when an employee on a train passing through the Merlin area reported seeing a suspicious man and a woman loading new-looking goods into a Jeep along the tracks near Pleasant Valley Road.

When authorities responded, a young man drove the Jeep onto the tracks and it got stuck, causing the man to flee on foot. By day's end police identified Card as the suspect.

Authorities said the next day Card approached a woman who was sitting in her car outside the Circle K on Northwest A street and tried to force her out of the vehicle.

He fled when the woman's father, who was in the passenger seat, fought him off, police said. Card was apprehended by patrol officers a short distance away.

Grants Pass police said at the time of his arrest that Card was believed to be responsible for multiple car thefts and auto burglaries that occurred all over the city.

Card has a previous conviction for theft in 2011. Police said he mostly targeted unlocked vehicles, and reminded residents to lock their car doors and remove all valuables from parked vehicles.

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