C. Thedford, B. Jewel

Of the Keizertimes

An observant Keizer Police officer helped nab a pair accused of forgery and theft.

The arrests stemmed from a Wednesday, May 5 incident at Keizer Station. There, at about 11:38 a.m., a witness heard a car alarm and saw a passenger-side window broken out of a vehicle parked in front of Ross Dress For Less. The witness also saw a small sport utility vehicle backing out of a parking stall next to the victimized vehicle. [MAP: 2]

The victim did confirm there were items stolen from her vehicle. Suspect photos were captured on Ross’ in-store surveillance system.

Police said the suspects then drove to the Bank of the Cascades location in Keizer, where an off-duty officer happened to be. Observing them “acting suspicious,” Keizer Police Sgt. Trevor Wenning said, the officer

wrote down their vehicle license plate number and a description of the two. They left the bank after trying to cash a check, which police said was stolen in a burglary in Portland.

They then went to a Bank of the Cascades location on Hawthorne Avenue in Salem trying to cash the same check, police said. They ultimately were caught by Salem Police. Wenning said they admitted to both theft and attempted fraud in Keizer. Both are transients from the Portland area.

Arrested was Charles A. Thedford, 29, for forgery, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a restricted weapon. He was also held on a California warrant. Also arrested was Brandy E. Jewel, 33, for two counts of forgery.