Of the Keizertimes

Burglars broke into a house in the Gubser neighborhood while several people were home Thursday, May 12.

The suspects, a 19-year-old man and 15-year-old boy, were each charged with burglary. An Xbox gaming system witnesses said the two stole from the home has yet to be recovered.

The homeowner in the 1300 block of Marigold Street NE reported his teenage son walked into the family room to find the two suspects disconnecting the video game system. The call came in at 9:51 p.m.

He yelled at them to stop, alerting other family members, and the suspects fled out the back door with the homeowner’s son close behind. The family lost sight of the suspects as they ran into the adjacent Bob Newton Park.

Five people were in the house at the time, and multiple lights were on. Police believe the suspects entered the two-story home through an unlocked door.

Keizer Police officers and a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy responded, and set up a perimeter around the neighborhood. Officer Rodney Bamford spotted the two suspects “as they were attempting to flee the area on foot,” said Keizer Police Sgt. Jeff Goodman, and they were arrested without further incident.

The two had some stolen property from the victims’ home; however, police were unable to find the gaming system despite an extensive search. Both suspects refused to answer police questions, Goodman said.

Arrested was the 15-year-old boy and 19-year-old Victor A. Almanza for burglary. Both live in Keizer.