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Burglar digs way into Tahoe businesses

Gregory Crofton

This burglar likes to pry open doors, dig tunnels into walls and steal cash from small businesses.

Last weekend a thief broke into Bob’s Barber Shop, The Rock Puppy, Randy’s Locksmith and Safe Company and Mandarin Garden Chinese restaurant. The weekend of April 29 someone burglarized four South Lake Tahoe hair salons and tried to pry open Shoreline Cafe.

Police believe their suspect is on foot or bicycle because of the type of crimes reported.

“There’s an active burglar out there,” said South Lake Tahoe Cmdr. Bart Owens. “It’s one of those cycles, someone pops into town or needs drugs.”

Owens said this burglar often tunnels through sheet rock in an attempt to access neighboring businesses.

Friday night someone tried to dig their way into Yellow Submarine from Bob’s Barbershop on Tallac Avenue. The same night a burglar dug their way from The Farm into Jerry’s Vacuum Repair and Sales at the 1000 block of Carson Avenue.

The burglar has also struck in the Stateline and Round Hill areas. Tuesday morning the owner of the Hair & Nail Studio on Kingsbury Grade reported a break-in the night before. A gum ball machine was broken and $20 was missing from an unlocked drawer.

There was no evidence of forced entry. Deputies believe the perpetrator entered through an unlocked window.

The thief struck again Tuesday night in Round Hill. Tips and Toes Nail Salon and Robin’s Studio were broken into sometime after 11 p.m.

Ten dollars were missing from Robin’s Studio. The owner of Tips and Toes was unable to visit the crime scene at the time of the police investigation, so it is unclear if anything was missing from that business.

In both Round Hill burglaries, the perpetrator gained entry by smashing out a window.

Police recommend owners keep their businesses well lit each night, keep signs out of their windows so police and the public can witness any illegal activity and double check their security system. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Detective Mike Dente at (530) 542-6100 or contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

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