V. Almanza

By JASON COX
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 stolen from the home has yet to be recovered. The house is in the 1300 block of Marigold Street NE and police got the call at 9:51 p.m.

Homeowner John Morgan reported his teenage son Nicholas walked into the family room to find one suspect disconnecting the video game system, and the other standing by the door.

“The initial feeling I got when I was them was, like, ‘What’s gonna happen now?’” said Nicholas Morgan.

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.

That same door had been kicked down a few years ago in an attempted robbery while John Morgan was home, but he said they ran once they heard him coming down the stairs.

“I’ve always thought that it could happen again, but I wasn’t sure,” said Nicholas Morgan.

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.

Both father and son said they were impressed with the quick police response.

“What they said was burglary is one thing, home intrusion is a whole other level,” John Morgan said. “When you get a home intrusion incident it really comes up high on their radar.”

He was particularly complimentary of Goodman, who Morgan said was “just incredible.”