Klamath Falls police seek suspect in convenience store robbery

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Police in Klamath Falls are looking for a man who robbed a south suburban convenience store at gunpoint Tuesday night.

Police say an armed gunman robbed Lien’s Store on Summers Lane at around 9:00 pm.

“Male subject entered Lien’s, he was wearing a mask, dark clothing.”  Explained Klamath County Sheriff’s Detective John Duval.  “He displayed or brandished a firearm, threatened the cashier, and demanded a large amount of cash.”

Police aren’t saying just how much money the robber took from the store.

Duval says the suspect fled out the rear door, and was not on scene when deputies arrived.

Detective Duval says the suspect hid his identity by wearing a ‘scream’ mask.  “He’s described as being young, about six foot tall, slender – and again, he was wearing a ‘scream’ style mask.”

The cashier was not injured during the course of the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

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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