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Burglary suspect’s hearing date changed

A 41-year-old man who is charged with one burglary and is a suspect in at least 17 more had his preliminary hearing rescheduled so prosecutors can file additional burglary charges against him.

David Stevens is charged with felony burglary, receiving stolen property and presenting false identification to police. Officers caught him May 14 outside Ernie’s Coffee Shop, a restaurant on Emerald Bay Road, after he tripped a silent alarm.

Stevens is cooperating with police and has admitted to the additional burglaries, said South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Mike Dente.

Stevens, a transient, was released from San Quentin State Prison in the spring of 2000 after serving time for commercial burglary. Since then, law enforcement from San Francisco, San Diego and Marin County have issued warrants on him for burglary. Stevens is a suspect in more than 12 church burglaries in the Bay area.

In late April, a string of 29 break-ins at South Shore businesses began to unravel. Stevens is a suspect in 18 of them. Two of those burglaries involved churches at South Lake Tahoe. Stevens has not yet been tied to those crimes.

Thursday in El Dorado County Superior Court Stevens’ preliminary hearing was set for June 21 at 8 a.m.

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