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Police nab suspected burglar as he flees hotel

A 32-year-old man was in jail this week on suspicion of committing a burglary at the Fairfield Inn in Lake Oswego on Monday.by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY JAIL - BRANDON KLINE

Brandon Wade Kline was arrested after he allegedly came running out of the hotel while carrying what seemed to be a woman's bag. A Lake Oswego police officer was stationed right at the exit, and he arrested Kline without any further incident.

According to a police report, Kline was found to be in possession of multiple different hotel key cards and burglar tools.

He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, possession of burglary tools, third-degree criminal mischief and a probation detainer warrant.

The investigation is continuing as police are seeking to determine if Kline, a native of Ventura, Calif., could have been responsible for several other burglaries in the area.

The action that led to the arrest began shortly after 3 p.m. Monday when an employee at the hotel notified police about some suspicious circumstances that occurred earlier in the day. A locking mechanism on an exit door had been broken, and two of the security cameras had been tampered with. The suspect, seen earlier on security camera footage, was no longer on the site, and the hotel fixed the door and cameras shortly thereafter.

Later on in the evening, just before 9 p.m., the front desk manager called police to report the suspect had returned to the scene. A squad of officers went to the hotel on Meadows Road, and one of them was spotted by the suspect, who fled up some stairs toward the front desk area.

The officers then set up a perimeter and started searching the hotel. Twenty minutes later Kline was picked up as he tried to leave, police said.

"The front desk manager did an outstanding job being alert and reporting that this brazen burglar had returned," said LOPD Sgt. Tom Hamann. "We would have had a much harder time identifying and locating the suspect without his good work.

"Our officers also did a great job coordinating their response so as to prevent the escape of this suspect."