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Police: Salem Chevron robbed with help of employee, 4 arrested

By Aimee Plante,


PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – Four men were arrested early Wednesday morning after police say they robbed a Chevron in Salem with the help of a gas station employee.

Salem police say two men entered the convenience store at 2300 SE Commercial Street just before midnight Tuesday, and one of them pointed a gun while demanding cash. An employee identified as Gabriel Ray Firkins allegedly gave them information about the store to help with the crime.

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The suspects fled the scene, officials say, and patrol officers found them several hours later using descriptions from witnesses.

With a search warrant, detectives say they found “two handguns, cash and other evidence from the robbery” inside the car.

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According to the Salem Police Department, 18-year-old Firkins, 31-year-old Chad Patrick Oxenford, 21-year-old Kyle Ray Peterson, and 22-year-old Jeremiah Sommerlot were arrested on first-degree robbery charges. Their arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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