South Lake Tahoe police arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of possessing stolen property Tuesday following an incident in the area of Elwood Avenue.
About 9 a.m. Tuesday police were conducting an investigation and noticed a man, later identified as Eric Beaman, standing next to a motorcycle who began walking away when he noticed police, according to a Wednesday statement from the city.
After police finished the unrelated investigation, neighbors reported the man had acted suspiciously and fled on foot to a residence on Armstrong Avenue after police were out of sight, according to the statement.
Officers determined the motorcycle was reported stolen during a residential burglary in South Lake Tahoe in July 2013.
Police officers and El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies then responded to the Armstrong Avenue residence, but no one answered. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence and recovered items that were confirmed stolen from several recent vacation rental burglaries, according to the statement.
Beaman was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property at the residence and booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe. It is unknown if he has an attorney.
Beaman is not a suspect in the theft of the motorcycle. The suspect in that theft has identified by investigators, who are seeking an arrest warrant.
Police encourage anyone who may have been the victim of the thefts or who may have information related to the thefts to call the police department at 530-542-6100. Information also can be given to Secret Witness at 530-541-6800 or to SLTPD Detectives via Facebook at www.facebook.com/sltpd.detectives.