LAKE OSWEGO, Ore -- When Larry and Mary Thornburgh checked into the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Lake Oswego they were thankful to be just hours away from a holiday with family. They were also thankful for hotel staff. The employees are credited with stopping what appears to be a would-be burglar in his tracks.
We ve stayed here before and never heard of a problem like that before, said Mary Thornburgh. We re glad we have alert employees here who will take good care of us tonight.
It was an alert employee who on Monday saw something suspicious. Surveillance cameras did too. A man was roaming the hallways and tampering with the security cameras. The employee called 911.
Officers responded twice and spotted the suspect the second time.
They met eyes and the man ran into the hotel further, said Sgt. Tom Hamann. More officers came to the scene and set up a perimeter around there.
Twenty minutes later, officers captured the suspect. He is identified as 32-year-old Brandon Kline. Authorities say he had a bag belonging to one of the employees and a lot more.
He had several different hotel keys, said Hamann. Some other burglar tools on him and a flashlight. Hamann believes Kline was casing the Fairfield Inn & Suites.
We re concerned he was doing this at different hotels, said Hamann. Maybe hotel management noticed the cameras turned and didn t think anything of it. Unlike the employee in this case who may just have stopped a man with grand plans.
It s nice to know they re the ones involved in doing something like this, said Larry Thornburgh.
If you have any information about this case or other potential cases you are urged to call Lake Oswego Police.