A Keizer man was arrested over the weekend for attempted burglary, theft and trespassing after a woman reported him trying to break into her home.
According to Keizer Police, at about 11:52 p.m. Sunday, June 6, a woman in the 900 block of Lawnview Street NE called police saying a man was banging on her door and ringing the doorbell while yelling “Keizer Police.” When she didn’t answer the door, she reported the man walked around the side of the home and peered into her kitchen window.
“When the subject saw (the victim) inside her home, he fled on foot,” said Keizer Police Sgt. Jeff Goodman.
Keizer Police responded and found someone had tried to force a side window open after she didn’t come to the door. Officer Scott Keniston and K9 partner Bas tracked the suspect to some bushes in a neighboring yard. The suspect received minor dog bites in the arrest, police said.
Police said a search of the suspect turned up a remote garage opener. When the officer pressed the button, Goodman said, a neighboring garage door opened, and officers subsequently learned it had been taken from a vehicle parked in front of the residence.
The suspect was identified by police as Wesley J. Kirk, 20, of Keizer. Charges include attempted burglary, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, third-degree theft and criminal trespass.
Kirk is implicated in a January arson case which has yet to be adjudicated.
Kirk was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment of his injuries, then transported on to the Marion County Jail.