Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, April 26 2012 at 4:58 PM, Updated: Thu, April 26 2012 at 5:14 PM
Klamath Falls police have released shocking surveillance video of a recent armed robbery. Police hope the video will trigger an arrest in the 'Two Doors Down' robberies.
The robber is heard making demands in the video: "Right now - all the **** money - anything else in there? Don't **** up - don't **** up - all the money - hurry up."
Detective Jack Daniel of the Klamath Falls Police Department notes that the video is from the March 9th robbery of 'Two Doors Down'...
"This is at the very top of the priority list, we have numerous detectives and officers working on the case at this time, and we're pretty much dedicating all of our resources to it."
Detective Peter York adds that public donations may also help lead to an arrest...
"We're in the process of hopefully being able to come up with a reward for any information."
Detective Daniel notes that 'Two Doors Down' was hit again by an armed robber on April 14th...
"We're not discounting the fact that it may be related, and we're looking at all possible avenues."
Business owner Truman Gosney says that extra steps are now being taken to protect his workers...
"It just scares my employees. I don't want to lose none of them. They're a bunch of good guys, and it's not right to treat good people bad."
If you have any information about the suspect, the police would like to hear from you. Tips can also be made anonymously through the Klamath Falls police tipline at: (541) 883-5334.
'Two Doors Down' was also hit by an armed robber in February of 2011. That investigation ended with the arrest and conviction of a Dorris, California man.
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.