Burglars Hit Businesses

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, January 30 2012 at 3:51 PM, Updated: Mon, January 30 2012 at 4:23 PM

   Burglars in Klamath Falls are using stolen cars to smash into businesses and gain entry, and police are asking for your help.

   David Parker of Parker's Rod and Gun Rack is cleaning up today after vandals smashed a car through the window of his business early Saturday morning.

  "Actually, nothing was taken" Said Parker.  "Video surveillance shows the perpetrators just broke in, exited the vehicle, and then left the scene."

   Sergeant Shawn Richards of the Klamath County Sheriff's office says 'Gonracin BMX' was targeted early Friday Morning. 

   "Looks like, stealing vehicles and then using those vehicles to make entry into local businesses, by driving them either through the doors, or through the walls."

    Gonracin BMX owner Tim Clemens says it's a tough situation to prevent.

   "I've got cameras, I've got an alarm, I've got everything to try and prevent it.   But when someone comes in that quick, and runs a car through it, there's nothing you can do about it."

    Several other businesses were also broken into early last week, where vandals either broke windows or attempted to break windows to gain entry.  Police haven't ruled out a connection between those, and the weekend burglaries.

     David Parker says it's frustrating that criminals have gotten this desparate.  "It's just tough times, I can understand.  But this is more extreme than just going in, and stealing a candy bar or something like that."

     While nothing was taken from Parker's, several items were taken from the bike shop, including a bike under repair, frames, forks, wheels, and a computer monitor.

    No arrests have been made.

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.

Leave a Comment:

Note: Comments with profanity are automatically filtered and hidden. Verbal attacks towards others via our comments section will not be tolerated.