By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Keizer’s One Stop Smoke Shop was robbed twice by an armed man earlier this year, and he’s headed to prison for 11 years after pleading guilty to the crimes in court Monday, Aug. 22.
Earl Creemedicine, 33 of Stanwood, Wash., was arrested on July 12 after a traffic stop when Keizer Police Department Sgt. Jeff Goodman spotted a vehicle believed to have been involved in a robbery that occurred in Salem.
Creemedicine pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and attempted unlawful use of a weapon. Creemedicine was charged in connection to 11 robberies between March and July, but several were dismissed as part of his guilty plea.
KPD Det. Andrew Phelps had investigated an armed robbery at the One Stop Smoke Shop on March 21. When Phelps responded to the report of a second robbery on July 11, he and Officer Kevin DeMarco had an opportunity to review video surveillance footage where they observed the suspect committing the robbery. Phelps determined the suspect in both incidents had similar physical characteristics, clothing and gun.
Creemedicine entered the business with a gun and tried to gain access to the cash register while the owner locked himself in a room and called police. Creemedicine was unable to open the cash register, but made off with a key belonging to it. He fled the scene and officers searched the area, but were unable to locate him.
Working off a description of a vehicle that was reportedly involved in a Salem robbery, Goodman arrested Creemedicine in the 4900 block of River Road about two hours later.
Although Creemedicine’s permanent address is in Washington, investigators determined he resides in Keizer from time to time.
Creemedicine will also have to pay restitution in amount to be determined.