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Salem Police Continue with Specialized Safety Patrols - 01/19/18

The Salem Police Department will be continuing to address traffic and community safety with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. In the month of December 2017, three officers worked on three of these focused patrols during the holiday period between December 22 and December 31, 2017. The focused patrols resulted in 6 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), and 2 assists to outside agencies for drug related DUII investigations. The specialized patrols also resulted in 1 citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and issuing an additional 32 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency, Salem Police officers arrested 45 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and 8 for Minor in a Possession of Alcohol during the month of December. There were also 128 citations issued for driving while suspended, 77 for speeding and 1,026 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and the Department of Transportation are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
Salem Police See Assistance in Locating Theft Suspect (Photo)-Suspect in Custody - 01/18/18

UPDATE: 01-18-18/11:15 AM

Suspect Robert Smith turned himself into the jail last night. He had reportedly seen media coverage that he was wanted and surrendered himself at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

He was charged with multiple counts of theft and is due to appear in Marion County Circuit Court today at 3:00 pm.


Salem Police detectives are seeking assistance from the public in locating a suspect in a series of thefts from residences and vehicles in south Salem on the morning of January 14.

Three different families on Martin Ct S in Salem awoke on the morning of January 14 to find their vehicles broken into overnight and several items stolen. Among the stolen property was an ATV and the trailer in which it was sitting.

One of the victims had previously installed a surveillance camera, and a review of footage from the camera showed a white male adult and a female driving up to the residence and gaining entry into the vehicle of one of the victims. There was a relatively clear image of the male suspect, and one of the victims posted his photo on social media.

The investigating officer was contacted by several people who had seen the photo of the suspect, identifying him as 34-year old Christopher Robert Smith. Smith is a transient with possible ties to Salem and the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The officer did further investigative work on the case, and now has probable cause to arrest Smith for several counts of Theft, Unauthorized Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The female is yet to be identified.

Anyone with knowledge as to the whereabouts of Smith and/or has information as to the identity of the female suspect is asked to contact the Salem Police Department. A photo of Smith is attached.


Attached Media Files: Christopher Smith
Second floor window
Second floor window
Salem Police Investigating Gunshot Damage to Civic Center Windows-Update-Photo of damage (Photo) - 01/09/18

The Salem Police Department would like to request assistance from the public in the investigation of possible gunshot damage to Civic Center windows.

On Saturday, January 6, at approximately 7:00 pm, a window in the northwest corner of the Salem Civic Center was struck by what appears to be a bullet from a small caliber firearm. The bullet did not have enough velocity to penetrate the window. Officers responded to the area immediately, but did not locate any suspects.

On Monday, January 8, employees discovered a west-facing window on the main floor of the library had been damaged. It is not known exactly when that damage occurred, but it was similar in nature to the damage that occurred on Saturday evening.

The investigation into these incidents has not revealed any known targeting of City employees or ongoing or credible threats against the City.

The Salem Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in this investigation. Anyone who has information pertaining to these incidents is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.


Attached Media Files: Second floor window
Officer Bruce Fineran
Officer Bruce Fineran
Salem Police Canine Officer Retires (Photo) - 01/03/18

The Salem Police Department celebrated the career and retirement of Senior Officer Bruce Fineran on December 28.

The ceremony, presided over by Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore, was attended by family, friends, retirees, officers and others wishing Officer Fineran a happy retirement.

Officer Fineran began his law enforcement career in 1983 when he was hired as a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Jefferson, and then by the Sweet Home Police Department as a sworn officer in 1986.

Officer Fineran came to the Salem Police Department in July of 1991 and was a Field Training Officer on patrol. He became a Canine Officer in 1996 and has been a handler for the rest of his career, being the longest standing Canine Officer ever with the Salem Police Department. Officer Fineran and his four canine partners during his career, Ike, Charlie, Luke and Duke, have over 2,000 suspect captures. Officer Fineran is known for his calm demeanor and matter of fact approach, and he has been awarded both the Medal of Valor and Lifesaving Awards during this time with the department.

Officer Fineran is a devoted husband and father and is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. The Salem Police Department family wishes Officer Fineran and long and happy retirement.

Attached Media Files: Officer Bruce Fineran
Suspect Arrested on Multiple Burglaries - 12/25/17

The quick response to a business by Salem Police officers on Christmas Eve led to the arrest of 26-year old Roberto Branden Baney-Mateos. He was eventually charged with 22 counts of Burglary dating back to November 20.

Officers were called to a business in the 3100 block of Kanz Ct NE at about 8:20 pm on Christmas Eve. Security guards had noticed a person inside of the business complex yard after hours and notified the Salem Police Department. Officers arrived on scene and saw the suspect in the yard of one business, then closed in on him as he fled into an adjoining business yard. He was soon located by a Salem Police canine hiding in the back of a utility truck and surrendered without further incident.

As the investigation continued, it was determined that he had earlier burglarized the Garten Services business on Salem Industrial Dr and was possibly connected to other similar incidents in the area.

Baney-Mateos had warrants for his arrest at the time of these incidents and has also been sought by detectives as a person of interest in several burglaries, including the LaBonita Bakery on November 25. See the below flashalert release dated December 1, 2017.

Thus far, Baney-Mateos has been charged with the following burglaries:

-Salem Alliance Church, November 20
-Physiq Fitness, November 21
-Tong King Restaurant, November 21
-Old Spaghetti Warehouse, November 21
-Garten Services, November 22
-LaBonita Bakery, November 25
-Garten Services, November 28
-El Grullense Restaurant, November 29
-Santiam Wine Co, December 6
-Xicha Brewing, December 13
-Capitol City Sports, December 13
-Little Lois Cafe, December 13
-Oregon Cherry Growers, December 17
-Salem Tennis and Swim Club, December 19
-Bethany Baptist Church, December 19
-Jacksons Shell Station, December 20
-Xicha Brewing, December 21
-Capitol City Sports, December 21
-Scoreboard Tavern, December 21
-Bottle Drop, December 21
-Commercial Property Resource, December 21
-Garten Services, December 24

Detectives are continuing to investigate other burglaries, and additional charges are possible.


Salem Police Detectives are seeking assistance from the public in locating a person of interest in commercial burglaries in the Salem area.

Detectives have been attempting to find 26-year old Roberto Brandon Baney-Mateos as a person of interest in several commercial burglaries, including LaBonita Bakery on November 25.

Baney-Mateos is a caucasian male, 5'08" tall, approximately 150 lbs with wavy brown hair and brown eyes. He has several tattoos on his body and is transient. A photo is attached.

Detectives are asking anyone with information as to Baney-Mateos' whereabouts to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.