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    3rd suspect arrested in alleged Salem mail theft network

    By Jenna Deml,


    PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) — A two-year mail theft investigation has led to a third arrest by Salem police Thursday morning, authorities announced.

    Salem Police SWAT team, with help from Keizer police, arrested Jasson Lewis Ray after serving a search warrant on his house in the 300 block of Kestrel Street N. When searching the home, officers seized various items, including a short-barreled shotgun, a handgun, a rifle, ammunition, suspected fentanyl, a stolen motorcycle and forged documents.
    Salem police arrested Jasson Lewis Ray on charges stemming from a mail theft operation, after allegedly finding various items including firearms and suspected fentanyl in his home on Jun. 13, 2024. (Courtesy: Salem Police Dept.)

    All of this comes after the March 25 arrest of Ross Benjamin Sierzega , who authorities say a search warrant of his apartment resulted in the discovery of around 30 pounds of mail, two lock cores from mailboxes, several counterfeit mailbox keys and the tools to make counterfeit keys. There were also checks, bank cards and documents not in his name, according to police, who added investigators also found a short-barreled shotgun and homemade body armor.

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    Authorities said Sierzega faces up to 10 years in prison for just the manufacture of a counterfeit mail key. He is also facing charges including a felon in possession of a gun, identity theft, forgery and more.

    Then after a 7-hour standoff with police on April 15, police arrested Brett Todd Regimbal for his alleged involvement in the mail theft, as well as outstanding warrants stemming from domestic violence charges.

    Ray, who also had several outstanding warrants stemming from other criminal cases, was taken to the Marion County Jail on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun, possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Authorities say this is still an active investigation.

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