SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. — Investigators traced a string of burglaries around Klamath County back to an illegal marijuana grow operation in the Sprague River area over the weekend, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.
Officers served a search warrant on Monday at a remote property within the Klamath Forest Estates area near Sprague River. KCSO said that investigators developed probable cause that a "substantial amount" of property recently stolen in burglaries along Sprague River Road, in Chiloquin and Bonanza could be found there.
The property was being used as an unlicensed marijuana grow operation, with a significant presence plants and infrastructure in place, KCSO said.
During the search, investigators were able to find about 90 percent of the stolen tools and other items from two recent burglaries, plus three guns, more than 6,000 marijuana plants, and a number of generators, pumps, augers, and other equipment used in the grow site.
On Saturday, deputies arrested Timothy Aaron Hicks and Kyla Diane Belcher, both of them initially charged with Burglary I, Theft I, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in connection with the stolen property.
Belcher was still in the Klamath County Jail as of Wednesday morning. Court records indicate that Hicks was released pending an arraignment in July.
"The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank our partners in this investigation, specifically the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team. In law enforcement success requires teamwork and we are fortunate to have teammates who are so willing to help out," the agency said. "Lastly to our community, please continue to be vigilant and mindful about suspicious activity in your neighborhoods. Thank you for looking out for each other, reporting what you see and being a good member of this Klamath County team."