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News Release
LCSO CASE # 22-2576 -- Burglary suspect found hiding in attic - 05/12/22

On 05/11/22 just after 9:00pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a homeowner in the 3500blk of Hayden Bridge Rd. The homeowner stated he was hearing sounds coming from his attic and that he thought someone might be up there. The homeowner said he heard thumping sounds and possibly someone coughing. 

Deputies responded and determined that someone unknown to the household was likely in the attic.  With the assistance of a Springfield Police Department K9 Officer, 43 year old Nicholas Rollin Tirapelli, was found hiding in the attic. Tirapelli was uncooperative and refused to be taken into custody.  Even after being bit by the K9, Tirapelli continued trying to kick and spit on deputies. He was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail after being treated at a local hospital.

There had been a burglary in the same area the night prior.  Further conversation with the homeowner revealed that Tirapelli had likely been hiding in the attic since the previous night.  Deputies are investigating to determine if Tirapelli had been involved in this burglary as well.

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