By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
A Keizer man has been arrested for an attempted robbery back in March.
Jeff Kuhns, deputy police chief with the Keizer Police Department, said on Wednesday 28-year-old Anthony Samuel White was indicted by a Marion County Grand Jury on 14 criminal charges, with 13 of those being felonies and one being a misdemeanor.
The attempted robbery took place at the former Keizer Roth’s in Schoolhouse Square at River Road North and Chemawa Road early in the afternoon of March 18.
According to Kuhns, one employee of the Brinks armored vehicle called police and said his partner had been robbed while servicing the Bank of America ATM from the inside.
“We learned the other employee had sheltered in place in the store,” Kuhns said at the time. “He goes inside and at some point he is confronted by the armed male suspect. He was able to get into a room, locked the door and protected himself.”
A perimeter was set up within minutes of the initial call, closing part of River Road. In total, about 35 to 40 officers responded with assistance from Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, the FBI and the Salem SWAT team.
After about a three-hour closure, police came up empty-handed. Kuhns said at the time the suspect “most likely got out early” but the whole building had to be searched to make sure.
Kuhns said on Wednesday KPD investigators worked closely with the FBI, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the OSP Crime Laboratory, the SPD Forensic Technicians and the Eugene Police Department.
Four days after the Keizer incident, there was an attempted armored truck robbery in Eugene.
In that case, the suspect was shot multiple times by one of the truck’s guards, according to a story from The Register-Guard newspaper.
Kuhns said there is a connection.
“Anthony White…is the same individual who allegedly committed the crime of robbery when he confronted a different armored truck courier in Eugene on March 22,” Kuhns said. “During that incident Anthony White was shot by the armored truck courier.”
White was taken to a hospital in Springfield following the shooting. After being released, he was held at the Lane County Jail until being transferred to the Marion County Correctional Facility on April 7, where he has been since.
“After a lot of legwork, we were able to tie him into the Keizer robbery,” Kuhns said. “He’s been incarcerated since being released from the hospital down there. Our detectives had to methodically work it out from A to Z.”
White was charged on Wednesday with five counts of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of burglary in the first degree and one count each of burglary in the second degree, robbery in the second degree, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated theft in the first degree and theft in the second degree. The total bail amount was $315,000.