this morning, around 4:45 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office
were called to the 4200 block of Ward Drive NE after a resident awoke and found
their home had been burglarized. When deputies arrived they determined someone
entered the home through an open window and stole a wallet and two vehicles
parked in the victim's driveway. One of the vehicles a Ford Focus was recovered
down the street, but the second vehicle a Ford Edge was still missing.
8:50 a.m., deputies were called to an armed robbery that had just occurred at
the State Farm Insurance Agency located at 855 Lancaster Drive SE. As the
robbery was being dispatched a deputy spotted the stolen Ford Edge leaving the
same area as the robbery. Believing the stolen vehicle was involved in the
robbery deputies pursued. The vehicle drove through the Salem area and into
Keizer where spike strips were deployed, flattening the vehicles tires, a short
time later the driver abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot.
Richard Keith, age 25 was captured moments after running and taken to the Marion
County Jail. Mr. Keith has been booked on numerous charges that include Reckless
Driving, Felony Elude, Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor, Burglary I, Unlawful
Use of a Motor Vehicle X 2 and several outstanding warrants.
chase was concluding, detectives with the Sheriff's Office responded to the
robbery and determined that Mr. Keith was not the person believed to be
involved. Detectives are seeking the public's help in locating a white, male,
adult, who is approximately 30 to 35 years of age, thin and unshaven. The man
was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black Carhart pants, and a mask around his
neck believed to be half of a skeleton face. During the robbery the male
displayed what appeared to be a handgun.
The man was last seen running
south and possibly got into a brown, dodge truck. Anyone with information is
asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503 540 8079
or you can text your anonymous tip to
847411, just text TipMCSO and your message.
Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow