The homeowner was moving when she heard noises upstairs.
Marion County Deputies were called to a home in the 4100 block of Fisher Road NE in Salem. The tenant at the address reported that while she was in the process of moving out, someone had broken into her home and taken several items. The remainder of the house had been ransacked and left in total disarray.
As deputies were responding to investigate the burglary, the tenant called 911 again reporting that she heard noises in her attic and felt someone might be hiding there. A friend who accompanied the tenant to the house wedged a piece of wood in the overhead attic door, effectively blocking anyone from exiting.
Canine Deputy Jason Bernards and Rolo arrived at the house and along with Deputies Stacy Rejaian and Matt Hagan, took two people into custody. Both were in the attic when deputies arrived.
36-year-old Duane Howard and 30-year-old Amiemay Bridget Munoz were arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on Burglary charges. Howard has an extensive record, including arrests for assault, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, being a felon with a firearm, and endangering minors. He was also wanted on a warrant for a State parole violation. Munoz has prior arrests for possessing methamphetamine, identity theft, criminal trespassing, and forgery.
Both told deputies they were only sleeping in the attic and that they had nothing to do with the missing property. Both suspects claimed to be transient at booking. The investigation remains open.