Klamath County Deputies crack large burglary ring

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, February 25 2014 at 5:38 PM, Updated: Tue, February 25 2014 at 6:00 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Deputies in Klamath Falls have cracked a case involving commercial burglaries at over two dozen locations...and the Sheriff believes the arrests may have helped to prevent a school shooting.

Deputy Alan Nealy says one adult, and three juveniles are behind bars in connection with all the stolen property...

"We're currently investigating 26 commercial burglaries that happened within the last couple weeks."

Deputy Nealy adds that the suspected stolen property includes guns and knives...

"There's about 8 firearms here, and swords.  These firearms are still unaccounted for, which is a big concern for us."

Sheriff Frank Skrah says the unaccounted weapons are a big concern for him as well...

"We do not want a Columbine, or a Sandy Hook - or anything like that in Klamath County."

The Sheriff's Office says none of the suspects have made any immediate threats of violence.

They aren't releasing any of the suspect's names - even the adult - as more arrests are expected.

Deputy Nealy notes that surveillance footage helped school resource officers identify a young suspect...who helped to identify others.

"We've been able to get the three you that are in custody to confess to everything."

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

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.

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