Lebanon police arrest identity theft suspect

Lebanon police arrest identity theft suspect

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The Lebanon Police Department arrested a suspect who allegedly tried to use stolen credit cards on Tuesday night at Schmizza Public House, 2602 S. Santiam Highway.

When confronted by officers, Anthony Luke Ritter, 35, of Veneta, ran from the scene, according to a news release. After a short foot pursuit and struggle, he was taken into custody and officers found him to be in possession of a stolen vehicle, methamphetamine, heroin, stolen identification items and forged documents, the news release states.

He was given medical assistance by paramedics prior to being transported to the Linn County Jail.

Further investigation revealed that Ritter is suspected of criminal activity in several other cities in Oregon as well as several other states.

Ritter was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in Linn County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated identity theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Judge Thomas McHill set Ritter's bail at $50,000, and the next hearing in the case was scheduled for Dec. 30, according to Oregon's online court database.

The owner listed in the vehicle theft charge is a Honda dealership in Coos Bay.

Investigation into the case is continuing and those with information about Ritter should can Lebanon Police Department Officer Chance Snyder at 541-451-1751.

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