Klamath Falls Jewlery Bust

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, February 3 2012 at 11:09 PM, Updated: Fri, February 3 2012 at 11:14 PM

Two men are in the Klamath County jail tonight after allegedly trying to sell a large amount of stolen jewelry.

Police say two men tried to sell stolen gold and jewelry about an hour after it was taken in a burglary Thursday afternoon.

Ray Holliday of Holliday said Jewelry"It seemed a little shady and we didn't like what it was, and we recognized the description of the jewelry from a description we'd gotten from a customer, so we called the police."

SGT. Shawn Richards of the Klamath County Sheriffs Office said "We recovered approximately 30 thousand dollars worth of jewelry. So, a big number there is still some missing."

54 year old Mattio Zanotto of Yreka, and 32 year old Kevin Zimmerman of Klamath Falls were both jailed on theft and burglary charges.

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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