KEIZER, Ore. – Police arrested a man in Salem Thursday in connection to 16 laundromat burglaries around the state, dating back to May 2013.
Back in November, Keizer police were looking into a theft from the Coin Op Laundry at 5032 River Road North. The owner said someone took money after smashing a change machine and surveillance equipment. The theft was similar to two other cases in Albany and Tillamook, said Lt. John Troncoso with the Keizer Police Department.
After circulating a bulletin to other law enforcement agencies, Keizer detectives got a tip from Salem police about similar crimes in the past committed by Thomas Healy (pictured), Troncoso said.
Investigators got a search warrant and forced their way into Healy’s home where they recovered masks, clothing, tools and other evidence from numerous burglaries and thefts, police said.
Police said they also found a loaded handgun and bullets.
Healy reportedly did more than $50,000 in damage and was charged with 16 counts of burglary, criminal mischief, aggravated theft, possession of burglary tool and felon in possession of a firearm.
The laundromats targeted were in Albany, Tillamook, Mill City, Stayton, Salem, Seaside, Lincoln City, Independence, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Grants Pass and Medford.