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Police arrest suspected serial burglar

Mark Ian Keith thought to have stolen from at least 16 homes

Police say they've arrested a man responsible for numerous burglaries around Sandy, and possibly elsewhere.

They say the suspect, 23-year-old Mark Ian Keith, was living with his grandparents. Each day, he would head out, telling them he was looking for a job. Instead, according to investigators, he was looking for homes and other places to rip off.

A break in the case occurred last Thursday, when Hillsboro police identified a firearm as one that had been stolen from a home in Sandy. Clackamas County deputies, working with Sandy police officers, followed the clues back to Sandy, and Keith's room in his grandparents house. Inside that room, they say they found a "vast" amount of stolen property taken from at least 16 homes in the Sandy area. They are pursuing more leads which could implicate Keith in more than a dozen other burglaries as well.

They also say Mark Keith's grandparents had no idea that their home was being used as a base for criminal activity. They cooperated with investigators, who used their information and the evidence found in Keith's room to build a case against him.

Among the recovered stolen property are guns, numerous watches, electronic games, computers, rare coins and jewelry. Also recovered was a World War II medal that was stolen from the home of 80-year-old Charles Overstreet.

Anyone with any information about the burglaries, or about the activities of Mark Ian Keith, is encouraged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The tip line phone number is 503-723-4949.

From Sandy Post news partners KOIN News 6. Read more about this story in the April 4 Sandy Post.