Burglars clean out unoccupied home
April 10, 2009
A more than 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom home on Quinanetzin Street was supposed to be sold fully furnished.
But sometime between April 1 and April 4, thieves entered the unoccupied house and made off with about $20,000 worth of home furnishings, electronics and industrial equipment, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Matt Harwood.
The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in the “highly unusual” burglary, Harwood said.
“They were very selective in what they took,” Harwood said.
A white leather sofa, a wooden dresser, a king-size mattress, a 48-inch plasma screen TV, a generator and a snowblower are among items taken from the home, which is off North Upper Truckee Road and remains up for sale.
No signs of forced entry were found at the house when the crime was reported on April 5, leading investigators to believe someone with legitimate access to the house might have information regarding the burglary.
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Several groups of people, including real estate agents, contractors and repairmen, had access to the house.
“Somebody associated with that house has got to know something,” Harwood said.
The sheriff’s department asks anyone with information regarding the burglary to call the Secret Witness hot line at (530) 541-6800 or Harwood at (530) 573-3015.
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At about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, deputies responded to the area of Saponi and Oneidas streets after dispatch received a call from a man who said a woman had just ordered someone to attack him, according to a deputy’s report.
Deputies located the man, who was in possession of two large duffel bags, the report said.
When deputies asked for identification, the man pulled out two hypodermic needles containing a brown substance ” later determined to be heroin ” and gave them to deputies, according to the report.
A subsequent search of the man and the bags allegedly turned up five bindles of heroin, a dozen more syringes, a small scale and a tie-off associated with intravenous drug use.
The man admitted to using heroin in the past, but denied the drugs and drug paraphernalia were his, the report stated.
” Three late-working lighting contractors foiled an apparent senior prank at Whittell High School last week, according to a report by a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy.
At about 1:45 a.m. on April 1, the contractors were working on lights in the school’s gym when they heard laughter outside, the report said.
The contractors walked outside to investigate and found about 10 high school students, who ran when the contractors spotted them.
The contractors called police when they discovered a 1972 Volkswagen Bug with flat tires that the students had apparently rolled into the middle of a hallway at the school, according to the report.
Deputies and a school administrator arrived, removed the car from the hallway and had it towed.
Deputies questioned an 18-year-old student after the incident, who said a teacher at the school had given students a key so they could carry out the prank.
No damage to the school was reported and no charges are expected to arise from the incident, but the students involved will be required to pay for towing the vehicle, according to the report.