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May-13-2009 19:33printcomments

Police Investigate Takeover Robbery at Salem Coin Shop

The investigation is continuing, and anybody with information on this case is asked to call Salem Police.

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(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Police are investigating the takeover robbery of a Coin Shop where the owner was tased, then handcuffed as the suspects ransacked the business.

Lt. Dave Okada with Salem Police says the incident was reported at 12:01 p.m. today when an acquaintance of the owner of Capitol Coin arrived at the business at 4670 Commercial Street SE.

"The acquaintance became suspicious when he found the doors locked and the windows covered up, so he went to a nearby business and called police," Okada said.

"It was reported that two suspects entered the business and tased and handcuffed the victim. The suspects proceeded to cover the windows of the business, lock the doors, then ransack the business, smashing glass display cases and stealing a substantial amount of coins and other valuables."

Okada says the suspects spent a considerable amount of time in the business before fleeing.

The first suspect is described as a white male adult in his late 20s to early 30s, six-foot two to six-foot three inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He had a dark complexion with short hair and long sideburns and was wearing a dark hat, dark jacket, black faded pants and sunglasses.

Okada says the second suspect is a white male adult, also in his late 20s to early 30s. This suspect reportedly stands between six-foot five and six-foot seven inches tall. He was described as weighing 200 pounds with short hair and long sideburns. He was dressed in a similar fashion to the first suspect.

A possible suspect vehicle was described as a red or maroon colored SUV or minivan.

The investigation is continuing, Okada said. Anybody with information on this case is asked to call Salem Police Detective Jamie Vasas at 503-588-6050, extension 7153




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Anonymous May 14, 2009 12:50 pm (Pacific time)

Vic, I do believe that tasers are legal for citizens to carry but if I am not mistaken they are also very expensive, so not just anybody can go out and buy them. I doubt it was cops that did this. This is crazy though, this is practically right where I live. All this crap going on all around me is kinda nerve racking...maybe I'll go get a taser.


Vic May 14, 2009 9:08 am (Pacific time)

Maybe these were cops...can anyone get a taser?

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