Tahoe crime recap: Man caught after breaking into post office, wearing USPS jacket | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Tahoe crime recap: Man caught after breaking into post office, wearing USPS jacket

Crime Scene tape with trainer left in the dirt on the ground.

A 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe man told police he did in fact break into the U.S. Postal Service building on Al Tahoe Boulevard.

That admission, according to Lt. Shannon Laney with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, came after officers found him inside the post office wearing a stolen USPS jacket.

Officers arrested the man on April 24 after responding to a burglary alarm. Upon arriving on the scene, police found an open window. They proceeded to set up a perimeter before entering the locked post office building and discovering the man, Laney said.

"[He] broke into a couple mailboxes, stole the jacket and was trying to flee when the officers arrived," Laney said, adding that there is video footage of the man breaking into mailboxes inside the post office.

According to Laney, the 21-year-old was recently arrested for stealing a Blue Angel Cafe van. The van was recovered in Incline Village.

Following his arrest at the post office, the man was booked into the El Dorado County jail on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and vandalism. According to jail records, the man remained in custody Tuesday with a total bail of $30,000.

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A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested April 11 after choking his girlfriend of several years in the midst of an argument that continued after the couple woke up that morning.

According to Laney, a verbal argument started the night before at the residence in the 1200 block of Glenwood Way. The argument picked back up when the couple woke up around 11 a.m. the next day, gradually escalating to pushing and shoving.

According to the girlfriend, that's when the boyfriend started choking her to the point she couldn't breathe. He let go and she grabbed her phone to call 911 but the boyfriend took the phone from her. Officers ultimately responded to the incomplete call.

Both people involved gave completely different stories, according to Laney. The woman had visible marks on her neck where she claimed to have been choked. The boyfriend, age 38, was booked into the El Dorado County jail on domestic violence and intimidation. He has since been released, according to jail records.

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