An alert Keizer man’s call to Marion County Deputies helped to recover his girlfriend’s stolen car and lead to the recovery of two additional stolen cars and a large amount of stolen property at a home north of Brooks.
At approximately 1:30pm, Wednesday, Brian Oaks, was driving on Portland Road NE, when he saw his girlfriend’s 1996 green Honda Accord parked in a driveway of a manufactured double-wide home. Oaks knew that the car had been stolen from Keizer earlier in the day. He called 911 and waited for deputies.
Sr. Deputy Martin Bennett and a team of deputies arrived on the scene to make contact at the house. Four occupants of the house were detained, but two others ran from the home and fled. One was later taken into custody.
Bennett confirmed that the Honda in the driveway was the one reported stolen from Keizer.
In a shop on the property, Deputies discovered two other stolen cars; a 1995 Ford Mustang and a 1995 VW Jetta. The Mustang was stolen from Salem in August, 2011. The Jetta was stolen from Salem earlier this month.
Street Crimes Detectives were called in to assist. A search warrant was obtained for the property and served this morning. Detectives recovered a firearm, a large quantity of automobile parts, 50-60 auto stereos and amplifiers, welding equipment, pressure washers and other property believed to be stolen. It was necessary to rent a U-Haul truck to recover the property from the shop.
MCSO Records Clerks have begun the arduous process of tracing the property in an attempt to identify the rightful owners. Many items seized have been identified as stolen in local burglaries. The value of the recovered property could exceed $50,000. Additional charges on the suspects are pending.
As a result of the investigation, arrests have been made. Amber Lynn Nikole Lainus, 19, was arrested for two counts of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Additionally, she had two warrants for possession of Methamphetamine and Failing to Appear to face a charge of Obstructing Police Officers in Salem. She originally gave deputies a false name, but further investigation revealed her true identity. Her bail on the warrants and the two charges is $285,000. (Photo Attached)
Jeremiah Jacob Valdez, 20, of Keizer was taken into custody by Canine Deputy Jeff Stutrud and Renzo after they located him inside the house. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging his with Burglary I. The no-bail warrant was from Marion County. He was booked into the Marion County Jail. (Photo Attached)
Victor Requena, 41, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed knife & brass knuckles. Requena was listed as the homeowner of the residence. He has an extensive criminal record for possessing weapons, possessing drugs and unlawfully operating stolen vehicles. He is being held in the Marion County Jail on $7500 bail. (Photo Attached)
Bennett praised Oaks for his keen observation and added that he did the right thing by calling 911 and not trying to recover the car himself. “Law enforcement officers are trained to deal with felony theft suspects in a manner that will minimize the danger to the community. By calling 911, Oaks helped to recover his girlfriend’s car and assisted us in arresting the suspect” Bennett said.
The stolen vehicles were towed from the scene and will be returned to their owners.