On December 21, 2021 Salem patrol officers responded to the Plaid Pantry store in the 2500 block of Wallace RD on a report of a robbery. A female employee reported two suspects confronted her while outside the store at approximately 4:20 a.m. during a work break. One suspect pointed a gun at her and ordered her into the store where a second employee was working. The armed suspect held both employees at gunpoint while the second suspect stole items from the store. Both suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle.
Through the investigation, Salem Police detectives were able to link the suspects back to a car crash investigation on December 26, 2021 in which one of the vehicle occupants was found with a firearm. A subsequent search warrant on the car resulted in evidence which tied both Hale and Howland to the Plaid Pantry robbery.
Hale and Howland were apprehended at a residence in Dallas, Oregon with the assistance of the Dallas Police Department and Polk County Sheriff's Office.