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South Shore teen arrested after vandalism rampage

Truckee police have arrested a South Lake Tahoe teen on suspicion of going on a $20,000 vandalism spree in Truckee over the weekend. Officers responded to a report of major vandalism of Ferguson Enterprises and The Rock Garden in Truckee on Monday. Sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning, police say someone stole a vehicle from Ferguson Enterprises, drove it through a gate and knocked down a cinder block fence on the business’ property, causing major damage to the vehicle. Then, the vandal threw rocks through the windows of a back hoe parked at the Rock Garden, according to police. During the initial investigation, Truckee police Officer Bill Mardison spotted a motor home in the parking lot of The Rock Garden and contacted the occupants as potential witnesses. Upon further investigation, officers discovered some of the occupants of the motor home were possibly involved in the crime spree, according to police reports. Police detained a 17-year-old from South Lake Tahoe who was later arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and vehicle theft and booked into juvenile hall. Truckee police say they expect additional arrests in the case.

Two men arrested for alleged burglary of Truckee smoke shop

Two men were arrested on Saturday, July 1, for the alleged burglary of a smoke shop in Truckee after authorities discovered the duo holed up in heavy brush near the business. A 22-year-old Truckee man and a 22-year-old Soda Springs man both face felony charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy, the Truckee Police Department said in a report. Each suspect also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting officers. The men were arrested shortly after Truckee police officers responded at 3:48 a.m. to a burglary alarm at Enjoyabowl Smoke Shop, 11084 West River St. Police officers executed a search warrant at a nearby location, where they recovered additional stolen property. The additional stolen property was allegedly taken from the same business on June 25. Both men were booked into Nevada County Jail in Truckee. Each suspect is being held on $22,500 bail. Anyone with information about the alleged burglaries is asked to contact Detective Chase Covington at 530-550-2333.

Two men arrested for alleged burglary of Truckee smoke shop

Two men were arrested on Saturday, July 1, for the alleged burglary of a smoke shop in Truckee after authorities discovered the duo holed up in heavy brush near the business. Tad Crane, 22, of Truckee, and Luke Smith, 22, of Soda Springs, each face felony charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy, the Truckee Police Department said in a report. Each suspect also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting officers. The men were arrested shortly after Truckee police officers responded at 3:48 a.m. to a burglary alarm at Enjoyabowl Smoke Shop, 11084 West River St. Police officers executed a search warrant at a nearby location, where they recovered additional stolen property. The additional stolen property was allegedly taken from the same business on June 25. Both men were booked into Nevada County Jail in Truckee. Each suspect is being held on $22,500 bail. Anyone with information about the alleged burglaries is asked to contact Detective Chase Covington at 530-550-2333.

Man arrested in fire

TRUCKEE – A suspicious fire Sunday near Glenshire Drive resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old San Francisco area man. Shunji Murakami, 22, was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully causing a fire burning forest land, a felony, and booked in the Nevada County jail. In addition, Kota Yoshida, 23, and Yuhei Yoshida, 23, were cited and released on suspicion of causing a fire, a misdemeanor, according to police reports. All suspects are from the San Francisco area and were on a fishing trip when the incident occurred, according to police. Fire agencies responded to a report of a fire between Glenshire Drive and the railroad tracks Sunday afternoon. The blaze was contained to less than one acre, but burned within 50 yards of homes in the Olympic Heights subdivision, according to police reports. Officers found a vehicle matching the description of one seen leaving the area after smoke was first observed. Three suspects were contacted and eventually admitted their involvement, said Truckee Police Cpl. Roy Richner in a news release.

Tahoe crime recap: Scissor-wielding transient man arrested after hurling profanity, threats

Police arrested a shirtless transient man who allegedly threatened customers and an employee at the Raley's supermarket by the Y. Officers initially responded on May 4 to a report of a transient male yelling and threatening people with scissors, according to Lt. David Stevenson of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. An employee first politely asked the 30-year-old man to be quiet and stop harassing customers. The request sparked a profane response from the transient man, which led the Raley's employee to call the police. The employee went back outside and asked the man to stop yelling, which did not elicit a positive response from the transient man, who proceeded to grab a pair of scissors. "He said something to the effect of, 'You want to go? I'll f*** you up,'" Stevenson said while reading from the police report. The employee continued to keep his distance as the man slowly approached him. The transient man ultimately left. Police eventually arrived on the scene and searched the area. When they located the man, he told police that he did not do anything. The Raley's employee, who informed police that he was genuinely afraid the man would harm him, confirmed that the man contacted by police was the same one who had been threatening people outside the grocery store. Police arrested him — without incident — on charges of making criminal threats and exhibiting a weapon other than a firearm. The man is no longer in custody, according to a list of El Dorado County jail inmates. Take me to the river A man accused of burglary unsuccessfully attempted to evade police by trudging through a flooded marsh near Grocery Outlet and the Upper Truckee River. Police were originally contacted just before 6:30 a.m. May 4 about a burglary at a vape shop in the 2300 block of Lake Tahoe Boulevard. A man dressed in black clothes was seen breaking the glass door in the front of the business before loading items into a shopping cart, according to Stevenson. Police and an El Dorado County sheriff deputy arrived on the scene at the same time. A witness reported that the suspect fled and was heading toward Grocery Outlet. Police then contacted a suspect behind Grocery Outlet. He proceeded to flee on foot and police chased after him. The 29-year-old suspect started wading through the swampy water between the store and the Upper Truckee River. He attempted to hide but officers spotted him swimming in neck-deep water. Law enforcement started giving him orders and he complied. Officers walked him out of the water and placed him under arrest on charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools. As of Tuesday, May 23, the man was still in custody at the El Dorado County jail in South Lake Tahoe, according to an online list of inmates. There was no bail amount listed for the man. May my mistress come over? An argument that ensued after a South Lake Tahoe man asked his wife if his mistress could come to their home escalated and ultimately led to the man's arrest on domestic violence charges. The argument started at the couple's home in Tahoe Sierra, formerly known as the Sierra Tract neighborhood, around 10 p.m. on May 4. According to Stevenson, the verbal argument started after the husband asked if his mistress could come cover. The argument escalated to violence and the wife suffered minor injuries. Police arrived on the scene but the husband had left. He was arrested the next morning. Stevenson said the South Lake Tahoe Police Department has had numerous contacts with the 34-year-old man, although he would not say if any of those prior contacts were related to domestic violence. The man is no longer in custody, according to a list of El Dorado County jail inmates. 40 ounce leads to arrest A one-man party behind the Raley's in South Lake Tahoe came to an end when police observed him drinking from a paper bag. An officer was on patrol when he noticed the 22-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident drinking from a brown paper bag that resembled the shape and size of a 40-ounce bottle, according to Stevenson. The patrol officer then discovered the man had a felony warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court on a burglary charge. The man was arrested on April 30 without incident. As of Tuesday, May 23, he was still in custody at the El Dorado County jail in South Lake Tahoe, according to an online list of inmates. There was no bail amount listed for the man. Warrant for arrest A South Lake Tahoe woman was arrested after an officer discovered she had a warrant for her arrest. The police initially contacted the 49-year-old woman during a traffic stop. When the officer ran her name it turned up two warrants for her arrest. The warrants were due to the woman's failure to appear in court for a case in which she was charged with possession of stolen property. The woman is no longer in custody, according to a list of El Dorado County jail inmates. Concealed dagger A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested May 2 for trespassing at an apartment complex on Moss Road. The landlord returned to his unit at the complex and discovered the 41-year-old man inside. The man left and the landlord called police. An officer located the suspect at the 7 Eleven off Pioneer Trail and searched him. The officer recovered a concealed knife and drug paraphernalia and arrested him. The man was compliant during the arrest. He has since been released. Assaulting casino security A man was arrested on the California side of the state line after he assaulted a security guard at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The 18-year-old apparently got into a fight with a security guard on May 7. Authorities with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office — whose jurisdiction the casino is located in — tracked the man to an address on Pine Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Since the location was outside of the sheriff's office jurisdiction, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department conducted the arrest. The man complied and was booked into the El Dorado County jail.

Man pleads guilty to bank robberies

A man accused of robbing three South Shore banks pleaded guilty Wednesday. Meredith Howard Polzel, 52, was scheduled to go to trial Monday on three counts of robbery. Polzel has been held in the El Dorado County Jail ever since his arrest in August. He is facing a possible 24-year prison sentence. Polzel was arrested in a downtown Truckee motel, after South Lake Tahoe Police tracked him from a false name registration at a South Shore motel. The owner of the motel, thinking a guest matched the robber’s description, contacted police. Polzel used the name Michael Jones to register at the Stateline area motel. He also used Michael Jones at the Truckee motel. Investigators said Polzel contracted a private hauling company to pick him up minutes after the last robbery on Aug. 24 at the Wells Fargo Bank in the Crescent V Shopping Center. In each of the three robberies, a man entered the bank, handed a teller a demand note indicating he was armed, and left on foot with the money. The first incident was Aug. 19 at the El Dorado Savings Bank on U.S. Highway 50, four days later U.S. Bank, also located on the highway was robbed, and the next day Wells Fargo became the last strike.

Cops have bank robbery lead

By Renee Shadford Tribune News Service TRUCKEE – The manhunt continues for the man who robbed Plumas Bank at gunpoint for an undisclosed amount of money. The Truckee Police Department announced it had a suspect and was were working closely with the FBI to apprehend him. “We have a very, very strong lead,” said Truckee police officer Jason Litchie of the Thursday robbery. The suspect, 40-year-old convicted felon Richard Ward Pruden, is also wanted for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery of a Reno bank in August 2003, according to Truckee police. A federal warrant for Pruden’s arrest has been issued by the United States District Court. Officers learned about the robbery after a teller at the Donner Pass Road bank sounded the silent panic alarm. No shots were fired and no one was physically harmed. The suspect reportedly robbed the bank with a large silver handgun and escaped on foot at the scene, Litchie said. The suspect was last seen by police advancing eastbound from the bank through the parking lots along Donner Pass Road. Officers from Truckee police, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol scoured the area in search of the suspect. A CHP helicopter was on the scene 10 minutes after the robbery was reported and was called off at nightfall, Litchie said. Despite the search efforts, the suspect escaped and authorities were unable to apprehend him. Sierra Mountain Middle School and Tahoe Truckee High School were locked down as a safety precaution for a short period of time, according to police reports. The FBI describes Pruden as a white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 175 pounds, with blues eyes and very short brown hair. He is considered armed and dangerous. During the robbery, the suspect was wearing a black leather jacket, a light blue, button-up denim shirt, black jeans and black shoes, said police. If people see the suspect, or think they know the suspect, do not approach or try to detain him, and contact the police department at (530) 550-2323 or the FBI at (916) 481-9110.

Brief standoff in Truckee ends in arrest

TRUCKEE – Truckee police on Friday morning arrested a man who was reported to be suicidal and driving through town with a gun. After being alerted by Reno authorities to the risk, Truckee police said officers saw the vehicle in the Old Gateway area on Donner Pass Road. The individual refused to cooperate, and after police observed a .380 Taurus semi-automatic handgun on the center console of the vehicle, negotiations began. The subject was arrested and taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital for treatment on a mental health evaluation hold, police said. The name of the individual had not been released.

Suspected drug dealers arrested

TRUCKEE – Police here arrested a man and a woman who were allegedly attempting to sell cocaine and methamphetamine in the area. Amanda St. Clair and Michael Heil were arrested near Alder Drive in Truckee on multiple drug charges. Officers found meth and cocaine packaged for individual sale in a tan sports utility vehicle driven by St. Clair. Police also found $1,700 in cash, other prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia within the vehicle. Meanwhile, residents of Alder Drive detained Heil, who they had seen run from out of the forest. Officers arrived at the scene and arrested Heil. They believe he was a passenger in the SUV before he fled. Police say that alert homeowners in the area made the entire case possible. The Alder Drive area had recently experienced a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles, as well as a burglary of the Alder Creek Middle School. Both suspects were booked into the Nevada County Jail in Truckee. Police are still investigating the incident.

Sex charges are filed against suspect in fatal hit-and-run

TRUCKEE – While investigating last week’s fatal hit-and-run collision that killed 18-year-old resident Keith Stewart, police detectives here learned of another unrelated allegation against the 18-year-old driver, Scott Lindner. In the new case, Lindner, of Ross, Calif., was accused of sexual assault of a minor, according to the Truckee Police Department. The incident occurred at Truckee River Regional Park on an undisclosed date prior to the hit-and-run. A separate investigation was launched and a warrant for Lindner’s arrest was issued, resulting in his arrest on Tuesday. Lindner was booked at the Nevada County Jail on the warrant and is being held in lieu of a $150,000 bail, according to Truckee Police Lt. Randy Fenn. Lindner is being charged with assault to commit a felony sex offense, false imprisonment, attempted oral copulation, intimidation of a victim, battery and annoying or molesting a child under 18, according to Truckee Police. Both the hit-and-run and the sexual assault cases are still being investigated and it is unclear at this time whether the incidents are connected, police said.