Multi-county burglary spree arrest

Pictured is William Grote, who was arrested on Saturday, March 16, 2019 (Courtesy KCSO)

A Klamath Falls man was arrested Saturday evening on March 16th, after a months-long investigation involving law enforcement agencies across Clackamas, Jackson, and Klamath Counties, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

William Grote, 39, is suspected in: a burglary spree of cabins and homes between Fish Lake and Rocky Point; of breaking into multiple cars at the Boy Scout Camp on Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods and the Summer Snow Park near Fish Lake; of theft of over $50,000 worth of property at a location on Westside Road in Rocky Point; and of multiple commercial burglaries in Jackson County.

The Klamath County Sheriff's Office served search warrants on a storage unit used by Grote, along with the car he was driving at the time of his arrest. Authorities recovered stolen property amounting to thousands of dollars, including solar panels, a log splitter, utility trailer, pottery kiln, golf clubs, aviation equipment, tools, and much more.

Grote's arrest follows a coordinated multi-agency traffic stop on Highway 97 near the California border.

Criminal charges are still pending at the "discretion of the representative District Attorney's Offices," according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is still active in both Jackson and Klamath Counties regarding Grote's crime spree.

Authorities ask that if you were a victim of theft during 2018 through 2019 along Highway 140 between White City and Klamath Falls - including areas of Fish Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Rocky Point - please contact your local law enforcement agency.

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