Serial laundromat burglar arrested

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

A crime cycle for a Salem man is over, as local authorities have cleaned up a series of laundromat burglaries.

According to a release from the Keizer Police Department, around 8:40 a.m. Jan. 15 investigators with the KPD and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office forced their way into the Salem residence of Thomas Patrick Healy, 48.

Healy was arrested and charged with 16 counts each of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of a burglary tool or theft device. Healy was also charged with one count each of aggravated theft and felon in possession of a firearm. He was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility with a total bail of $910,000.

The Keizer connection to the case goes back to Nov. 19, 2013 when the KPD investigated a theft report at Keizer Coin Op Laundry on River Road. It was reported a change machine was extensively damaged and money taken from the machine.

The vendor of the damaged equipment, Peterson Equipment, reported the method of operation seemed likely to be related to two cases in Albany and Tillamook.

When KPD detectives circulated a bulletin about the potentially related cases, a detective with the Salem Police Department advised he had investigated similar crimes committed by Healy.

Following up on that tip, KPD detectives were able to identify Healy and his white 2000 Jeep Cherokee from surveillance videos.

Surveillance was conducted of Healy’s residence at 3888 Auburn Road NE in Salem and authorities obtained search warrants for the residence, the Jeep and Healy. Authorities were also able to link Healy to a number of similar cases in the area.

After Healy refused to answer the door on Wednesday morning, authorities forced entry. Healy was taken into custody without further incident. I

Investigators recovered evidence linking Healy to numerous burglaries and thefts, including the masks and clothing he sometimes wore while committing the burglaries, the tools he was using and more.

Some of the tools seized had been apparently altered for specific purposes. Healy was also found to have been in possession of a loaded handgun when investigators arrived at his residence, as well as additional ammunition.

Laundromats were the target in all sixteen cases Healy has been charged with thus far, including the Keizer case and cases from Albany, Tillamook, Mill City, Stayton, Salem, Seaside, Lincoln City, Independence, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Grants Pass and Medford. This crime spree began in May 2013.

Investigators are continuing to sift through the seized evidence and expect to clear other, similar crimes. Anyone having additional information about these cases can contact Det. Chris Nelson with the KPD at 503-390-3713, ext. 3489.

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