OTIS – Nearly a month after the initial incident, a Lincoln City man was cited for criminal mischief and criminal trespass after DNA analysis revealed that he had been involved in a burglary at the Rose Lodge School in Otis.
At 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 25, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy David Hawley responded to a burglary in progress at the Rose Lodge School in Otis. Upon arrival, he learned that a real estate agent showing the property found the school unlocked and the real estate agent believed that someone had recently been inside.
Upon arrival, Hawley did not observe anyone trespassing at the location, but he did discover several broken windows at the schoolhouse and auditorium. Damage was estimated at more than $1,000.
Hawley seized items from the location for DNA analysis after multiple complaints relating to trespassing and vandalism at the location.
On Dec. 18, the Oregon State Police crime lab analytical report to Deputy Hawley revealed that one of the analyzed items came back to a Lincoln City man, Robert C. Kroff, 21.
Further investigation revealed that Kroff had trespassed on school property, breaking windows.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Dave Carey said that the damages of more than $1,000 elevated the criminal mischief to a felony.
“With felonies, it’s typical” to send evidence to the crime lab for analysis,” Carey said. “It’s up to the crime lab, whether they’ll do it or not. If they’re busy with person crimes, they’re not going to do the analysis.”
Kroff was cited in lieu of custody for criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
Another individual, who was a juvenile at the time of the offense, was also cited for criminal trespass.
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