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The following incidents were selected from among those reported to area law enforcement and fire protection districts.

Thursday, March 22

7:15 a.m., 1200 block of Wildwood Avenue, South Lake Tahoe – car burglary. A car break in, one of three within a half-a-mile radius Thursday morning, led to the theft of a $250 leather jacket. The thief entered a black Jeep Wrangler by forcing open its right-side wing-window, police said. Last week Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that on Thursday at the 3600 block of Forest Avenue someone broke into a white Chevrolet Suburban and made off with a stereo system reportedly worth $3,800. Read below to find out what was stolen in a third car burglary.



10:33 a.m., 3600 block of Terry Lane, South Lake Tahoe – car burglary. Someone forced open a door of a red Jeep Wrangler and stole car stereo equipment worth $190. Police said the locked Jeep was parked in front of an apartment complex.

Friday, March 23



8:29 p.m., 2100 Patricia Circle, South Lake Tahoe – attempted burglary. The owner of a home discovered someone attempted to break into his house after he found a window open and pry marks on a door. Police said the burglar didn’t make it inside the home because a stereo blocked the entrance created by the window. The attempted burglary occurred between 4:45 p.m. and midnight, the owner reportedly told police.

11:16 p.m., 3900 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe – assault. Police arrested a 22-year-old from Pedley, Calif., because he allegedly assaulted a security guard at Tahoe Seasons Resort at Heavenly. Steve Prendez was reportedly beating on an exit door with his fists when a guard approached him. The 59-year-old guard tried to calm him, but Prendez turned and tried to punch the man, police said. The guard grabbed the man, took him to the floor and then called police.

Saturday, March 24

9:04 a.m., 3800 block of U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe – burglary. The owner of Mi Tierra arrived to open his business and found five neon signs missing from his restaurant. The burglar entered through a window, police said.

9:40 a.m., Lakeshore Boulevard at Lakeside Marina, South Lake Tahoe – boat check. South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District and the U.S. Coast Guard all investigated a rogue green canoe. They found it empty, filled only by a small amount of water. “Most likely it was improperly beached,” said South Lake Tahoe Battalion Chief Scott Douglass. “The wind most likely dislodged it and sent it out to sea.”

7:27 p.m., 1100 block of Glenwood Way, South Lake Tahoe – domestic violence. Police arrested Craig Jackson, 38, of South Lake Tahoe, because he reportedly grabbed and pushed a 32-year-old woman. The woman called police and reported the incident. Later officers spotted and stopped Jackson’s car at Stateline near Manzanita Avenue. Because there were no visible signs of injury on the woman, police treated Jackson’s alleged crime as a misdemeanor (domestic battery becomes a felony if there is a visible injury, police said). Consequently, Jackson was ticketed and released.

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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