Early Thursday, Dec. 10, a male suspect broke into several businesses in Lakeview. He eventually crashed his vehicle on Hwy 140 E near milepost 10 and was apprehended by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Oregon State Police troopers. OSP has now identified the suspect as 25-year-old Christopher Todd Hale.
Deputies responded to an audible alarm at the Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union and noticed that someone had forced their way into the building. Upon further investigation, deputies found that five more businesses had been broken into, and in some cases property had been taken.
In some cases the suspect entered through side windows, but he broke through the front doors of AmeriTitle, KORV 93.5 FM and the Chevron gas station. KORV Owner Marcie Wade said that the suspect spent several minutes inside the radio station a little after 1 a.m., though he did not take anything.
Businesses that were victimized included: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union, Harlan’s Furniture and Appliance, AmeriTitle, First Community Credit Union, Chevron and KORV 93.5 FM.
In a press release the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that the suspect had stolen a vehicle out of Modoc County, Calif., and that he had been released from the Modoc County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 9, where he had been charged with arson. The suspect was arrested without incident and transported to the Lake County Jail.
He has been charged with the following: six counts of burglary in the second degree, six counts of criminal mischief, one count of theft in the first degree, three counts of theft in the second degree, two counts of theft in the third degree, and one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. As of press time, Hale had not been indicted by the Lake County grand Jury on any of the charges.