In a five-day span two Keizerites came across burglars in their home.

In the first incident a woman living in the 700 block of Dearborn Avenue NE reported she found a man burglarizing her house when she came home around 9:03 p.m. Thursday. She “verbally challenged” the man but he fled out of the home with stolen property inside a large duffel bag, according to Keizer Police Lt. Alan McCowan. [Map: 2]

A witness walking a block away told police he saw the suspect and heard the victim yelling “that the suspect had just robbed her,” McCowan stated. The witness followed the man but lost him as he went behind a home in the 600 block of Dearborn Avenue NE.

Keizer Police were assisted by Marion County Deputy Jon Gadberry and K9 partner Donja. Donja located the stolen property, apparently dropped by the suspect, and found the suspect hiding in a parked vehicle in the 600 block of Dearborn Avenue.

The suspect told the transporting officer “that he was impressed that the K9 officer was able to find him,” McCowan reported.

“It’s one of those things when the calls come in and you’re in position (and) it works out great,” McCowan said. “In this case they had a witness who saw the guy, pointed out a general direction of where the guy was and basically that’s the way they were able to find him.”

Arrested was Michael J. Sims, 46, of Salem, for first-degree burglary, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree criminal trespass.

In the second burglary a man in the 2200 block of Aldine Drive NE called 911 at about 10:21 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, reporting he found an intruder in his home. The suspect left using a back sliding door and climbed over a wall in the backyard. The wall separates his property from an undeveloped area of Keizer Station. [Map:3]

The description of the man was broadcast over the police radio. Shortly after Officer Dan Kelley and Detective Ben Howden found the suspect and detained him without incident about a block east of the victim’s home.

Police found a diamond ring valued at $3,100 and a watch taken from the burglary, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. The suspect confessed to “unlawfully enter(ing)” the home, Kuhns added.

Arrested was Benjamin Robert Howell, a 24-year-old transient, for burglary and theft. He was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility.