Man finds key to jail time

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Everett Newton

He had more than 100 keys on him.

None of them work where Everett Wasley Newton is now.

Officers with the Keizer Police Department arrested Newton, a 31-year-old transient, on the 5300 block of Windsor Island Road N. around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Officer Darsy Olafson with the KPD was on patrol when he noticed a brown 1992 Honda Civic going south on Windsor Island. As the car passed, Olafson noticed the Newton looked at him and then quickly diverted his gaze. Newton’s body also stiffened, making him appear nervous.

Olafson performed a check with the Department of Motor Vehicles on the Honda’s plates, revealing the car had been stolen out of Salem.

Newton pulled into a driveway. Olafson contacted him at the front door of a residence, where Newton was talking with the homeowners, who did not know Newton.

Police discovered Newton had committed additional thefts and possessed both burglary tools as well as methamphetamine. Two key rings were found, with more than 100 house and vehicle keys.

Police searched the stolen Honda and seized property not belonging to Newton. Some of the items were found to be stolen and returned to the rightful owners. Officers are still in the process of identifying other victims, so their property can be returned.

The investigation is continuing. More theft and/or burglary charges could be coming.

Newton was arrested and charged with one count each of six crimes: unauthorized use of a vehicle, unauthorized entry into a vehicle, unlawful possession of methamphetamines, possession of burglary tools, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $50,000.

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