Marion County Deputy Suspended For Selling Stolen Shotguns

Sean Thomas Banks, 49, was arrested Thursday on theft and misconduct charges.

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Thursday is accused of selling several stolen shotguns.

Sean Thomas Banks, 49, of Keizer, was booked into the Linn County Jail on five counts of first-degree theft and one count of official misconduct.

During a three-year period, Banks reportedly stole and sold five shotguns, according to court documents. The charges date back to October 2015 and continue until January.

Four of the five weapons involved are identified in documents as a Remington 1100 shotgun, a Weatherby Orion 12-gauge shotgun, a Beretta 12-gauge shotgun and a Winchester Model 23 XTR shotgun.

Court records list two women as victims in the case.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said his office learned the detective was being investigated by Salem Police in March. Banks, who has been with the agency for five years, was put on administrative leave July 12.

He was arraigned 3 p.m. Friday in the Marion County Circuit Court and remains in the Linn County Jail on a $55,000 bond. His next hearing is scheduled 10:30 a.m. July 31.

Banks has hired Salem criminal attorneys Walter Todd and David Kuhns. Marion County Deputy District Attorney Keir Boettcher will oversee the case for the state.

No further information has been released.


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