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Boozing burglar busted


Of the Keizertimes

A naked burglar who went boozing, used a shower and hot tub was captured after breaking into a second Keizer home last weekend.

The surprising part? Some of the details aren’t unique to this particular case.

Guillermo Brambila Lopez of Woodburn, 24, was arrested in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 4 after being found breaking into a house on the 600 block of Lakefair Place North.

Sgt. Jeff Goodman with the Keizer Police Department said police received a call shortly before 5 a.m. on Sunday of suspicious activity, as the caller advised she was housesitting and was awakened by noises in the laundry room area.

“The caller stated that when she walked over toward the laundry room door, it suddenly slammed shut,” Goodman said.

The housesitter stated no one else was to be inside the residence and armed herself with a knife, calling her husband while waiting for police.

“Keizer Police responded to the home and during a search they located a naked man hiding inside,” Goodman said.

Goodman said the man, later identified as Lopez, complied with an officer’s commands. It was determined Lopez gained entry through a back window, which led into the laundry room area. He pulled the outside screen off the window and forced the window open.

After Lopez was taken into custody, Goodman said officers later discovered another house on the block also had its screen windows removed, with multiple windows found open. Officers determined no one was at the home when Lopez burglarized it.

“During a search inside the home, officers located (Lopez’s) clothing,” Goodman said. “Officers also determined that after (Lopez) had broken into this residence, he drank the homeowner’s alcohol, used their hot tub and then took a shower in the master bathroom.”

Lopez was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of criminal mischief, with a bail of $82,500.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD, said officers have become somewhat used to dealing with people with a lack of clothing lately.

“Sadly, encountering individuals in various states of dress is all too common in our profession, both suspects and victims alike,” Kuhns said. “In just the last couple of months there are at least three incidents that I’m aware of, including this one, that involved naked individuals. One was a naked subject found in an apartment complex parking lot who was suffering from a mental problem. The other was a naked female who fled from a residence in the Meadows when there was a disturbance.”

Since Lopez had no clothing, officers put a yellow disposable emergency blanket around him so a picture could be taken.

“We have no idea why the suspect made his way to this Statts Lake neighborhood, but we located his vehicle parked in a neighboring driveway later on Sunday morning when a resident called us to investigate,” Kuhns said. “So far there is no known association between the suspect and victim residences or information as to why he chose Keizer.”

A burglar taking a shower in a home he just burglarized also isn’t new in Keizer. In July 2013, Francis V. Lucero was arrested when homeowners returned home and found Lucero taking a shower after breaking into their residence on Appleblossom Avenue. In that case, Lucero was arrested after a brief struggle with responding officers.