By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Salem’s Thomas Patrick Healy was already in quite a bit of legal trouble.
Fleeing to Arizona and getting arrested down there didn’t help his cause.
Healy, 50, had a plea hearing before Judge Audrey Broyles in the Marion County Courthouse Annex on Jan. 7. The hearing didn’t last long, as it was pushed back to Friday, Jan. 22.
Healy was arrested in January 2014 after investigators with the Keizer Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office forced their way into his residence. Healy was arrested at the time and charged with 16 counts each of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of a burglary tool or theft device.
In November 2013, KPD officers responded to a theft report at Keizer Coin Op Laundry on River Road, where a change machine was reported to be extensively damaged and money was taken.
Working with investigators from other agencies such as the Salem Police Department, detectives were able to identify Healy and his Jeep from surveillance videos. When authorities entered Healy’s residence two years ago, they recovered evidence linking him to a number of other laundromat burglaries from 2013. A loaded handgun and additional ammunition were also found. The crime spree was believed to have taken place between May and November 2013 in various cities around Oregon.
Detective Chris Nelson said Healy got a break, but then couldn’t keep clean.
“He got a release agreement based on overcapacity at the jail,” Nelson said. “He failed to appear for his hearing (in spring 2014), fled to Arizona, then got arrested down there following a short pursuit. He was extradited back to Oregon.”
In Marion County, Healy is facing 20 charges related to the laundromats, with 13 counts of criminal mischief, five counts of burglary and one count each of aggravated theft and felon in possession of a firearm. He also faces nine counts in Lincoln County, three counts in Benton County, two counts in Yamhill County and one count in Clackamas County, for a total of 35 counts in five counties.
Failing to appear in court is not a new thing, as his past history is filled with such marks. Being in trouble with the law is far from a new thing as well for Healy. A look at Healy’s name in the system reveals more than two dozen records, starting with a 1987 infraction for defective equipment in Clackamas County.
Many of the records deal with suspended license or other driving issues, while a 1989 case dealt with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was first convicted for a theft charge in 1991, with another conviction for possession of a controlled substance in 1995.
Healy was convicted of burglary in 2002, with a criminal mischief and another burglary conviction the following year. A reckless driving conviction followed in 2007, with a conviction for possession of methamphetamine following in February 2008. That was the last case listed in the state court database until the 2013 laundromat charges.