In January 2014, an OSP senior trooper assigned to the Oregon State University Patrol Office started an investigation into the theft of a man’s backpack from inside the Women’s Building on the Oregon State University campus. The backpack contained the victim’s personal property, identification and credit cards.
During the investigation, OSP learned the victim’s credit card was used at Corvallis-area Fred Meyer and Safeway stores. Video surveillance images led to a suspect being identified associated with separate investigations conducted by both OSP and Corvallis police.
On the morning of March 21, 2014, OSP troopers and Corvallis police, with the assistance of Albany Police Department, served a search warrant at 3216 21st Avenue SE in Albany. Subsequent to the search warrant service, MERIDETH KACHEL, age 34, was taken into custody and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges associated with the Corvallis police investigation:
* Identity Theft
* Theft in the Second Degree
* Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree
* Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
Evidence was recovered at the residence belonging to the victim in the OSP investigation. OSP cited KACHEL to appear in Benton County Circuit Court on the same charges associated with the OSP investigation.
Investigations are continuing.