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Salem Police Arrest "Skimming" Suspects (Photo) - 02/08/18

Salem Police detectives have arrested three juveniles on charges related to placing a skimming device on an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at a local Credit Union.

Recently, the Salem Police Department was notified by a potential victim that he located what he believed to be a skimming device on the ATM at Maps Credit Union at 4615 Commercial St SE. Detectives responded to investigate, and working closely with the business, located and detained three suspects.

The investigation has shown that a customer went on a Sunday morning to use the ATM and noticed that a vehicle at the ATM appeared to be there for an inordinate period of time. When the customer approached the ATM to conduct his business, he noticed that the slot on the machine where the ATM card is inserted looked unusual. He had heard about skimming devices and as a result pulled on the part that looked suspicious, and it came off. He then notified the Salem Police Department.

After being notified of the incident, Salem Police detectives responded to the scene to investigate. Their investigation led them to three juvenile suspects who were involved in the placement of the device on the ATM. All three juveniles reside in California and were released to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility in Salem. All are facing charges of Attempted Aggravated Identity Theft and Attempted Aggravated Theft in the First Degree.

As detectives continued with the investigation, they located several other skimming devices in the suspects' vehicle that investigators believe were being prepared to be placed at other locations, and investigators are inquiring to see if the same suspects were involved in a similar type of skimming incident at the Maps Credit Union in September, 2017 and in various other types of incidents throughout the region. Investigators are currently working with investigators from other agencies to determine if these suspects are responsible for other incidents as well. Further charges are pending.

The term "skimming" refers to a specific type of computer crime in which suspects use scanning devices disguised as legitimate card readers onto ATM machines, gas pumps and other devices where people insert credit and debit cards. The devices secretly obtain information from bank and credit cards that are passed through the device by unsuspecting customers using the ATM. There are also sometimes miniature cameras attached nearby to help capture PIN numbers. The suspects use the stolen information to commit additional crimes such as Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Theft and other fraud-related crimes. Suspects who commit these types of crimes are referred to as "Skimmers," and it is estimated that skimmers cost US victims $1 Billion a year.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind those who use ATM or other machines that require a credit or debit card to be inserted to be aware of the machine in which they are intending to use. Photos of some skimmers are attached, but they can appear in different forms. Take a close look at the machine that you are thinking of using. Does anything look amiss? The color of the skimmers is sometimes different than other trim on the machine. Do the various parts of the machine match the other parts? Is there anything loose on the machine, particularly the area where the card is inserted? Sometimes skimming devices appear to stick out further than other parts of the machine. If there are other machines around, compare the machines to make sure they all look the same. Are any parts missing or different? If any irregularities are noticed, DO NOT use the machine. Leave and immediately contact the business management.

Be aware of your surroundings. Are there any people around who do not appear to have legitimate business there? Suspects may loiter in the area to monitor their skimmers. Look around the area of the machine for miniature cameras that may have been installed in order to capture your PIN number as it is being entered. If you are uncomfortable with your surroundings, immediately leave the area.

Please report any suspicious activities to your local law enforcement agency.

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Salem Police Arrest "Skimming" Suspects (Photo) - 02/08/18

Salem Police detectives have arrested three juveniles on charges related to placing a skimming device on an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at a local Credit Union.

Recently, the Salem Police Department was notified by a potential victim that he located what he believed to be a skimming device on the ATM at Maps Credit Union at 4615 Commercial St SE. Detectives responded to investigate, and working closely with the business, located and detained three suspects.

The investigation has shown that a customer went on a Sunday morning to use the ATM and noticed that a vehicle at the ATM appeared to be there for an inordinate period of time. When the customer approached the ATM to conduct his business, he noticed that the slot on the machine where the ATM card is inserted looked unusual. He had heard about skimming devices and as a result pulled on the part that looked suspicious, and it came off. He then notified the Salem Police Department.

After being notified of the incident, Salem Police detectives responded to the scene to investigate. Their investigation led them to three juvenile suspects who were involved in the placement of the device on the ATM. All three juveniles reside in California and were released to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility in Salem. All are facing charges of Attempted Aggravated Identity Theft and Attempted Aggravated Theft in the First Degree.

As detectives continued with the investigation, they located several other skimming devices in the suspects' vehicle that investigators believe were being prepared to be placed at other locations, and investigators are inquiring to see if the same suspects were involved in a similar type of skimming incident at the Maps Credit Union in September, 2017 and in various other types of incidents throughout the region. Investigators are currently working with investigators from other agencies to determine if these suspects are responsible for other incidents as well. Further charges are pending.

The term "skimming" refers to a specific type of computer crime in which suspects use scanning devices disguised as legitimate card readers onto ATM machines, gas pumps and other devices where people insert credit and debit cards. The devices secretly obtain information from bank and credit cards that are passed through the device by unsuspecting customers using the ATM. There are also sometimes miniature cameras attached nearby to help capture PIN numbers. The suspects use the stolen information to commit additional crimes such as Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Theft and other fraud-related crimes. Suspects who commit these types of crimes are referred to as "Skimmers," and it is estimated that skimmers cost US victims $1 Billion a year.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind those who use ATM or other machines that require a credit or debit card to be inserted to be aware of the machine in which they are intending to use. Photos of some skimmers are attached, but they can appear in different forms. Take a close look at the machine that you are thinking of using. Does anything look amiss? The color of the skimmers is sometimes different than other trim on the machine. Do the various parts of the machine match the other parts? Is there anything loose on the machine, particularly the area where the card is inserted? Sometimes skimming devices appear to stick out further than other parts of the machine. If there are other machines around, compare the machines to make sure they all look the same. Are any parts missing or different? If any irregularities are noticed, DO NOT use the machine. Leave and immediately contact the business management.

Be aware of your surroundings. Are there any people around who do not appear to have legitimate business there? Suspects may loiter in the area to monitor their skimmers. Look around the area of the machine for miniature cameras that may have been installed in order to capture your PIN number as it is being entered. If you are uncomfortable with your surroundings, immediately leave the area.

Please report any suspicious activities to your local law enforcement agency.

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Salem Police to Participate in Traffic Safety Campaign - 02/04/18

Salem Police Officers will be participating in three statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaigns during 2018. The first will be from February 5 through February 18, 2018.

The department will be increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt, child restraint, and distracted driving laws during this two-week campaign. This Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign is a statewide selective traffic enforcement program that utilizes Federal funding from the US Department of Transportation. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of laws regarding the three most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crash injuries: safety restraint use, speed and impaired drivers.

A statewide observation survey in 2016 found 96% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of only 75% among those killed in crashes last year. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old, but the proper use of child car seats increases crash survival by 71%.

Oregon law states that a child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat and a child under two years of age must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds and less than eight years old or is less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

"BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS" of the American Academy of Pediatrics and USDOT are that children should ride in rear-facing car seats until age two or to the upper weight limit of the seat in use. Children should continue to ride in safety seats until 40 pounds or the maximum upper weight limit of their forward-facing seat before transitioning to a booster seat. Children under age thirteen should ride in the back seat. National statistics suggest rear seating reduces injury risk by 37% among that age group.


Oregon law requires "proper use" of restraints, meaning use of the entire belt system or child restraint as intended by the manufacturer.

For safety belt systems, "proper use" means lap belt placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back -- this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.


For assistance with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

The Salem Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle regardless of the distance traveled. We are also encouraging the proper use of child safety seats and restraints. Please contact the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.

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Salem Police Seeking Assistance In Identifying Serial Robber (Photo) - 01/30/18

Salem Police detectives are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a serial robber that has been active in the Salem area since the middle of December.

Since December 14, 2017, the Salem Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office have investigated eleven robberies that have occurred at various businesses throughout the area. Based on the description of the suspect and the manner in which the incidents have occurred, they are being investigated as being related.

The primary suspect has been described as a white male adult. He is tall, likely well over 6'00" and typically wears dark clothing with a bandana style mask over his face, a hat, dark clothing and wearing gloves. The incidents have all occurred later in the evening. He has also displayed a small handgun in several of the incidents.

On at least two occasions there has been a second suspect involved.

The businesses that have been robbed are:
* United Marked, 1790 Lancaster Dr NE December 14
* Baskin Robbins, 474 Lancaster Dr NE December 17
* Neighborhood Market, 2620 Lancaster Dr NE December 22
* Quik Trip Market, 1765 Center St NE December 30
* Center Market, 1790 Center St NE January 5
* Center Market, 2797 12th St SE January 10
* Subway Sandwich, 4511 Liberty Rd S January 13
* Center Market, 1420 17th St NE January 18
* Corner Market, 2809 Market St NE January 18
* Subway Sandwich, 4612 Portland Rd NE January 23
* Express Food Mart, 5395 Commercial St SE January 26

This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477. If it is believed that a crime is occurring, call 911.

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Salem Police Officers Involved in Officer Involved Shooting - UPDATE at 11:25 p.m. (Photo) - 01/27/18

UPDATE: January 27, 11:25 pm:

Four Salem Police Officers have been involved in a line-of-duty shooting following a dangerous incident in which a motorhome struck two police patrol vehicles.

The incident began at about 12:54 pm on January 27 with a motorist reporting a very large motorhome being operated in a dangerous and erratic manner on Highway 22 near Lancaster Dr SE in Salem. The complainant reported the driver of the motorhome was driving at dangerous speeds and cutting off other traffic.

Responding officers located the motorhome on Kansas St NE. The motorhome struck the front of Corporal Andrew Connolly's patrol vehicle with such force that the airbags on Cpl Connolly's vehicle deployed, then it fled the scene. Corporal Mark Seyfried soon located the motorhome on D St NE, then the motorhome drove in reverse and struck Cpl Seyfried's vehicle and again fled.

Officers were able to deploy spike strips, eventually flattening some of the motorhome's tires, causing it to come to a stop on Hawthorne Ave NE south of Market St NE. The driver, identified as 61-yeard Roy Victor Devoursney of Salem, exited the vehicle and refused to comply with officers' commands, resulting in the deployment of a taser and taking him into custody.

Sergeant James Welsh, Corporal Andrew Connolly, Corporal Mark Seyfried and Officer Pence Hodges all fired at the suspect during the incident. These officers will be placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure while the incident is being investigated. This leave is not disciplinary in nature, but is common in situations where officers become involved in extremely traumatic events in the line of duty.

The suspect was not shot during the incident, but was transported to Salem Health for other injuries sustained during the incident. Corporal Connolly and Corporal Seyfried were also injured when the motorhome struck their patrol vehicles. They were transported to Salem Health for treatment and released.

All roadways that were closed for the investigation have now been opened.

The Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office will be coordinating and conducting this investigation. This is standard procedure for the Salem Police Department to request the Oregon State Police conduct an independent investigation of incidents of this nature.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police Regional Communications Center at 503-375-3555.

Further media releases will be coordinated through the Marion County District Attorney's Office or the Oregon State Police

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Salem Police Public Information Officer LT Dave Okada will be available for media interviews and inquires at 4:00 p.m. He will be at 20th ST NE & Kansas ST NE. NFI.

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Salem Police Officers have been involved in and on-duty shooting. There are currently two scenes where road closures are in effect as the investigation continues.

Hawthorne Ave NE is currently closed between Market St NE and Weston Ct NE, D St NE is closed between 17th St and Thompson St NE and Kansas St NE is closed between 18th St NE and 20th St NE, 19th St is closed between Englewood and Nebraska NE, and Breys is closed between D St and B St.

No further information is available for release at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Salem Police Officers Involved in Officer Involved Shooting - 01/27/18

Salem Police Officers have been involved in and on-duty shooting. There are currently two scenes where road closures are in effect as the investigation continues.

Hawthorne Ave NE is currently closed between Market St NE and Weston Ct NE, D St NE is closed between 17th St and Thompson St NE and Kansas St NE is closed between 18th St NE and 20th St NE, 19th St is closed between Englewood and Nebraska NE, and Breys is closed between D St and B St.

No further information is available for release at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.