Central Willamette Credit Union robbery

Corvallis Police released this image of a man robbing Central Willamette Credit Union in Corvallis Jan. 22.


CORVALLIS — A 28-year-old Philomath man suspected of robbing a bank Jan. 22 in Corvallis was taken into custody Monday in Salem, the Corvallis Police Department reported Tuesday.

The Salem Police Department arrested Christopher J. Becker after Corvallis detectives were able to locate his whereabouts in that city. He was transported to Marion County Jail and is being held on a Benton County Circuit Court warrant for third-degree robbery and first-degree theft.

The robbery occurred at the Central Willamette Credit Union, located at 555 NE Circle Blvd., in Corvallis. Police identified Becker through security video, which showed the man entering the credit union and presenting a note to the teller demanding money.

Police said no weapon was displayed during the robbery and no employees were injured. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash.

Investigators said Becker reportedly arrived at and left the credit union in a taxicab. Shortly after leaving the area of the bank, he exited the taxicab on foot, police said.

Becker had previously been arrested by Corvallis Police for a robbery at the Bank of America ATM in downtown Corvallis Dec. 27, where he wrestled a victim's cash away from them as the machine dispensed it.

In that incident, Becker was charged with third-degree robbery, third-degree theft, harassment, third-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct. He had been released from jail just seven days before the bank robbery occurred.


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