Deputies arrest burglary suspect, search for alleged robber

One man is in custody and another is at large following a burglary, car theft and armed robbery in Salem Monday morning.

A resident awoke just before 5 a.m. to find their home on the 4200 block of Ward Drive NE had been burglarized. A suspect entered the home through an open window, stole a wallet and two vehicles parked in the driveway were stolen.

Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies found one of the vehicles, a Ford Focus, parked nearby. The other vehicle, a Ford Edge, was still missing.

Five miles away and a few hours later, a man robbed a State Farm Insurance Agency at 855 Lancaster Drive SE at gunpoint and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. As deputies were responding to the armed robbery, they spotted the stolen Ford Edge leaving the area.

Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Chris Baldridge said a deputy pursued the stolen SUV believing it was involved in the robbery.

The driver, later identified as Richard Keith, 25, of Salem, refused to stop and drove through Salem and into Keizer.

Law enforcement deployed spike strips, which flattened the SUV's tires. Keith abandoned the vehicle, fled on foot and was quickly captured, Baldridge said.

As the chase was winding down, Marion County detectives responded to the scene of the robbery and determined Keith was not the suspected robber.

Keith was arrested on several outstanding warrants and charges of reckless driving, eluding police, driving with a suspended license, first-degree burglary and two counts of vehicle theft.

Keith was convicted of three counts of vehicle theft and fleeing in February. His probation was revoked shortly after his conviction and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was also convicted of fourth-degree assault in 2013.

With the State Farm robbery suspect still at large, detectives are asking for the public's help. He is described as being white, about 30 to 35 years old, thin and unshaven.

At the time of the robbery, the man was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black Carhart pants and a mask around his neck with a half-skull design on it.

He was last seen running south and may have got into a brown Dodge truck, Baldridge said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-540-8079. Anonymous tips can be sent to 847411 by texting TipMCSO along with the message.

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