For the second time in a week a Keizer resident caught a burglar in the act.
A man in the 2200 block of Aldine Drive NE called 911 at about 10:21 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, reporting he found an intruder in his home. The suspect left using a back sliding door and climbed over a wall in the backyard. The wall separates his property from an undeveloped area of Keizer Station.
The description of the man was broadcast over the police radio. Shortly after Officer Dan Kelley and Detective Ben Howden found the suspect and detained him without incident about a block east of the victim’s home.
Police found a diamond ring valued at $3,100 and a watch taken from the burglary, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. The suspect confessed to “unlawfully enter(ing)” the home, Kuhns added.
Arrested was Benjamin Robert Howell, a 24-year-old transient, for burglary and theft. He was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility.
A woman also reported coming across a burglary in process on April 15 (see related story).