Burglars nab more than $10k in cash from Kingsbury timeshares
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies believe a burglary at Ridge Tahoe last week may have been an inside job.
Four people were involved in the Aug. 16 heist, which netted more than $10,000 in cash and was partially caught on video surveillance, according to a deputy’s report.
Deputies believe two of the thieves entered the Ridge Tahoe’s club house, possibly through an unlocked rear entrance, about 3:45 a.m. and removed a cabinet of safe deposit boxes containing cash from various locations at the resort.
The thieves hid the cabinet in a stand of trees near the resort before loading it into a vehicle that appeared to have a short wheel base, according to the report.
Two of the suspects are described as being about six feet tall, with medium builds who wore dark camouflage clothing, black hoods and blue latex gloves at the time of the burglary. One of the two suspects who entered the club house have on “Vans-type” shoes and one had on “Lug-type” boots, according to the report.
The involvement of the two suspects who were not caught on camera is unclear, but one likely served as a lookout, according to the report. Each of the suspects left footprints at the scene.
The report provides few details on the two suspects who were not seen on surveillance tapes, other than they were both wearing “Vans-type” shoes at the time of the burglary.
The targeted nature of the burglary indicates a current or former employee may have been involved, according to the report.
“In reviewing the elements of this incident, it’s apparent that at least one of the suspects had knowledge of the Ridge Tahoe and its operations,” according to the report.
• Vandals spray-painted a lewd drawing and a racial epithet on the walls of the South Lake Tahoe skate park and an adjacent building between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to South Lake Tahoe police.
The vandals also turned over trash cans and littered the skate park with rocks and large tree branches.
Volunteers and Parks and Recreation Department staff cleaned up the debris and vandalism on Monday, said Parks and Recreation Director Gary Moore.
• Matthew Welter, the owner of Timeless Sculptures, is asking the public to be on the lookout for a five foot by seven foot sign that was stolen from the Ski Run Marina in the early morning hours of Aug. 15.
The wood sign is white and blue, carved on both sides and features a black and white yin yang symbol bordered by a pair of hands. The sign reads “Timeless Sculptures.”
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A $20,000 fine and permanent ban could eventually await those operating vacation home rentals in Douglas County without a permit.