Two Keizer residents are in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, after local police arrested them Sunday, Jan. 2, for vehicle theft.

Kenneth Wayne Felton, 25, faces an initial charge of vehicle theft, and Darcie Noel Wetzel-Barnett, 28, faces charges of vehicle theft and felon in possession of a firearm, according to state court records.

Pendleton police in a press release Jan. 3 reported officers at 11:49 a.m. Jan. 2 responded to the Pendleton Walmart on a report of theft of merchandise.

An employee told police a male and a female left the store with a suitcase containing more store property and paid for nothing. The employee gave police the license plate number of the red Hyundai Sonata the pair were in. Police found the car was stolen out of Keizer.

An alert about the car went out to local law enforcement.

A Stanfield police officer at about 12:16 p.m. spotted the car at the Pilot Travel Center, 2115 S. Highway 395, Stanfield.

The officer, with backup from Umatilla County sheriff’s deputies, arrested Felton and Wetzel-Barnett.

A Pendleton officer arrived and secured the property from Walmart and added misdemeanor theft charges against the pair. Stanfield police took control of the car.

Police also arrested Wetzel-Barnett on a Marion County probation violation warrant.

State court records show Wetzel-Barnett has a conviction from 2019 for misdemeanor theft.

Felton has convictions from 2017 and 2021 for vehicle thefts and other crimes in Marion and Hood River counties.

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