Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, January 2 2013 at 3:36 PM, Updated: Wed, January 2 2013 at 3:52 PM
Police in Klamath Falls have released surveillance video of a jewelry store robbery...and it's hoped that the video will help to identify a suspect.
The first clip shows a suspect casing Main Street Jewelers shortly before eight Sunday evening.
The suspect returns a short time later, and uses a brick to smash open the glass door.
"An unknown subject, appears to be a white male, younger - forced entry through the front door of Main Street Jewelers." Stated Detective Jack Daniel of the Klamath Falls Police Department.
Detective Daniel isn't saying just how much merchandise was taken...
"We're not going to release that at this time. However, it was a substantial quantity of jewelry."
Store management has been instructed not to talk to the media while the investigation is underway.
Most of the items stolen were reportedly rings set with precious stones.
"We anticipate that the jewelry is going to hit the streets." Cautions Detective Daniel. "And if it's a deal that's too good to be true, then it's probably too good to be true."
For now, police are hoping that someone will recognize the suspect from the surveillance video...before the robber has a chance to strike again.
"We feel that the suspect probably lives in the downtown area." Noted Daniel. "And is probably somebody that is frequently seen downtown."
Tips can be made anonymously by calling (541) 883-5334.
Police are also looking for any witnesses that may have spotted the suspect on Main Street at around 8:pm Sunday.
The business was closed at the time of the break-in.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.