Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, July 11 2012 at 6:21 PM, Updated: Wed, July 11 2012 at 6:45 PM
A Klamath Falls man who police call a 'one man crime spree' is headed to prison for over eight years.
Marc Chicklero pled 'guilty' to multiple offenses late Wednesday afternoon.
"Guilty" was a word that 22 year old Marc Chicklero used many times in pleading to multiple charges including auto theft, burglary, and felony theft.
Defense Attorner Zackary Light commented on his client: "This is a young man who in his short term as an adult, has really had very little guidance, very little discipline, very little outside influence that's been positive."
Chicklero admitted to stealing over a dozen cars for joyrides...and also to using those cars to break into businesses.
Judge Rodger Isaacson questioned Chicklero on those incidents...
"How did you get access to the BMX, how did you get in?' 'I drove a car into the entire building.' 'Same way with Parkers?' 'Yes, your honor."
Chicklero's crime spree began in May of last year, and continued until his arrest in May of this year.
There were so many crimes and so many victims that the sentencing process took about an hour and a half.
Judge Isaacson noted that Chicklero had also robbed his victims of their security...
"When somebody comes in, and violates that, and after that, people just aren't the same."
Chicklero was sentenced to 100 months in prison as part of a negotiated agreement. He'll also have to pay over $26,000 in restitution to his victims.
Police will now begin returning stolen property that was seized from Mr. Chicklero's apartment.
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.