The following incidents were selected from among those reported to area law enforcement and fire protection districts.
Wednesday, April 18
9:23 p.m., 2000 block of C Street, South Lake Tahoe – petty theft. A mother called the police on her 16-year-old son after she reportedly found three new blank tapes for a videocassette recorder in one of his drawers. Police said the boy admitted he stole the tapes from K-Mart about a week-and-a-half earlier by tucking them in his jacket. An officer ticketed 16-year-old for the crime.
Thursday, April 19
5:30 a.m., U.S. Highway 50 at Kahle Avenue, Stateline – drug possession. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 1991 Toyota Camry after he saw the passenger-side headlight was out. Inside the car was Mark Albert Barrera, of South Lake Tahoe. He reportedly told the officer he did not have a valid driver’s license. Upon Barrera’s arrest for driving without a license, the deputy allegedly found 3 grams of cocaine and 25 orange pills, later identified as Alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug.
7:00 a.m., Horizon Casino Resort, Stateline – grand theft auto. A man from Redwood City, Calif., had $200 in cash and his car stolen while staying at the Horizon. The man told Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies that he and a girl known to him as Nicole drove to Stateline in his 1990 Toyota station wagon to spend the evening gambling. After spending several hours in the casino, the two retired back to their hotel room at 10 p.m. The man awoke at approximately 7 a.m. and discovered Nicole was not in the room. After checking his belongings he realized he was missing $200 in cash and his car keys. The man did not know Nicole’s last name or address and told officers she may have been a prostitute. After officers checked Nicole’s belongings left in the hotel room they found two hypodermic needles.
Sunday, April 22
6:26 p.m., 2200 block of U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe – disorderly conduct, bringing a controlled substance into a jail. Police investigated a report of man threatening a woman and found Richard Peters, a 37-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, sitting outside Turn 3 Bar. Peters reportedly showed signs of intoxication and was arrested for being drunken in public. During a search inside El Dorado County Jail, police said they found a rolled paper bag containing marijuana inside one of Peters’ pockets. In addition to the first charge, officers booked him for a felony for bringing a controlled substance inside the jail. His bail was set at $8,000.
Monday, April 23
7:07 a.m., 4100 block of Pine Boulevard – burglary. A former employee of Best Tahoe West reportedly burglarized that motel sometime Sunday night between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Police said the man left a note in the office stating he took $250 from a register.
6:50 p.m., 2500 Pinter Avenue, South Lake Tahoe – car burglary. A woman looking out her kitchen window witnessed a teen-age boy from her neighborhood lean into the driver’s side of her car, take something from it and walk away. Police caught up with 16-year-old and cited him for stealing the woman’s purse and sunglasses.
Tuesday, April 24
2:50 a.m., 3700 block of Larch Avenue, South Lake Tahoe – disturbing the peace. Police arrested Timothy Zolman, 23, after he reportedly refused to turn down loud music coming from his apartment. Officers said Zolman was intoxicated and smelled of marijuana when he walked away from them after they asked him to remain in place. Zolman was arrested for disturbing the peace, being drunken in public and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $3,500.
Secret Witness offers cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to the arrest and conviction of crime suspects. Anyone with information about crimes reported in California is asked to call (530) 541-6800. In Nevada, call (775) 586-7295.
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