Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Oregon Lottery played a role in helping to identify a burglary suspect in Klamath Falls.
Josh White of Fast Break Convenience Stores was called out when the Highway 97 Chevron was broken into last week.
“They found that the registers had been destroyed, and the door had been busted open.” Recalls White. “And a bunch of lottery scratch-its had been stolen.”
The Campus Drive McDonalds and two Burger King restaurants had also been burglarized.
Luckily, the numbers on the stolen lottery tickets were accounted for.
“We are pretty good partners with the other people in our business in town.” White noted. “So we reached out to them, and gave them a heads-up – ‘hey, somebody may come in and try to redeem a lot of lottery tickets’.”
The Oregon Avenue ‘Fuel Good’ Food Mart reported a man had just come in to cash in a large number of scratch-offs.
White says police were called in to review surveillance video. “They were able to go to that facility to watch the video, and see who was trying to redeem our stolen tickets.”
51 year old George Earl Shipp was arrested Thursday night for burglaries at KFC and Taco Bell.
He’s now been linked to burglaries at McDonalds, Burger King, Chevron, and Holey Donut.
White is glad that cooperation led to the suspect’s arrest. “We try to act like a team in this community – and this is just another example of that.”
Klamath Falls Police say that at least one other person may have been involved with the burglaries.
People with any information can call 911.
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.