The Keizer Police Department has arrested four suspects believed to have unlawfully entered and taken property from several vehicles that were parked and left unlocked in several Keizer neighborhoods during the late evening of Wednesday, Dec. 4 and early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 5.
On Dec. 4 at 11:59 p.m., Keizer officers responded to a west Keizer neighborhood near the area of Riverwood Drive North and Jodelle Court North regarding a citizen’s report of a suspect seen attempting to enter vehicles unlawfully.
A witness on Riverwood Drive North observed a male suspect wearing dark clothing who had unlawfully entered a vehicle across the street from his residence. When the witness went outside to investigate, the male suspect exited the victim’s vehicle and ran east on Riverwood Drive. The witness reported hearing a car door being closed, followed by the sound of a vehicle driving away from the area.
Officers responded to the area, but were not able to locate the suspect or the suspect vehicle. They were, however, able to confirm a vehicle parked in the 4700 block of Riverwood Drive had been unlawfully entered and property taken.
About one hour later, at 1:04 a.m. on Dec. 5, officers received a second report of similar behavior. This time the witness reported seeing three suspects who were unlawfully entering vehicles in a north Keizer neighborhood on Latona Avenue NE.
The witness said he confronted a suspect he found inside his girlfriend’s pickup. When he confronted this suspect, he observed two other suspects who were unlawfully inside one of his neighbor’s vehicles.
After confronting the suspects, he said all three of them ran to a silver Volkswagen Jetta that was waiting for them a short distance down the street. The suspects got into the waiting vehicle with its driver and they left the area immediately. However, the witness was able to obtain and provide the suspect vehicle’s license plate number to the responding officers.
Officers responded to Latona Avenue and found at least two vehicles parked in the 2200 block had been unlawfully entered and the gloveboxes or consoles had been rummaged through.
The suspect vehicle, a silver 2003 Jetta four door, was found to be registered to a Keizer resident who resides in the 5100 block of 10th Avenue NE. Officers checked the registered owner’s address for the vehicle but were not able to locate it.
At about 1:35 a.m., officer Martin Powell found the suspect vehicle moments after it parked in the driveway of a private residence in the 4900 block of Delight Street North. Upon further investigation, he found there were two occupants inside. The driver and registered owner of the suspect vehicle was identified as 19-year-old Keizer resident Melissa Garibay; the passenger was identified as 18-year-old Keizer resident Esteban Villareal. During the course of the ongoing investigation, officers obtained consent to search the suspect vehicle which led to the discovery of several items of stolen property.
The stolen property included, but was not limited to: vehicle registrations, proof of vehicle insurance, vehicle owner manuals, vehicle maintenance and repair receipts, warranties and other items that are commonly found inside gloveboxes or consoles of vehicles. Evidence suggests these items were unlawfully taken from vehicles on Manzanita Way NE, Waltman Court NE and Prairie Clover Avenue NE in Keizer.
Garibay and Villareal were arrested and charged with crimes for their involvement with these incidents. Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues. They were both transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility.
Officer Dan Carroll conducted follow-up investigation throughout much of the remaining day on Thursday, Dec. 5. During the course of his investigation, he identified, located and arrested two additional suspects for their involvement with the previously mentioned crimes and others he was able to identify.
Both suspects, 17-year-old and 15-year-old brothers, reside at the address in the 4900 block of Delight Street N. They had just been dropped off at the residence prior to officer Powell locating the suspect vehicle. Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.
The KPD advises citizens or crime victims not to confront criminal suspects. If you witness a crime in progress, you should call 911. The KPD continues to investigate these incidents and encourages those who believe they may have been a victim to contact officer Carroll at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3530.
Around the same time early Thursday morning the teens were being arrested, three businesses along the 4900 block of River Road North were being burglarized.
KPD officers are investigating burglaries at All Stars Sport Grill, Salon Paradise Family Hair Care and Cherry’s Nagani Sushi.
The suspect targeted the cash registers in each business. No additional information is being released at this time.
Officer Jeremie Fletcher continues to investigate each of the burglaries. Anyone having additional information about any of these incidents is asked to contact him at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3467. Please reference KPD incidents #13-11079, #13-0080 and #13-0081.Print