Crime log: 63-year-old outmuscles purse snatcher
Information on a man who attempted to take a purse from a 63-year-old woman is being sought by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
The incident took place Sunday at 3:37 p.m. near the Shirt Shop and Mountain Gift Store along Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Stateline. Store security cameras recorded a man wearing sunglasses and backpack who was walking west along the road when he reversed course, walking toward the woman.
“He shoved the lady down to the ground and grabbed her purse but she held onto it,” said police detective Danny Mosqueira.
A 49-year-old friend of the woman saw her fall down but didn’t see the assailant, Mosqueira said.
The man was described between 18 and 20 years old, approximately 5-foot-8-inches tall with shirt collar length light brown or strawberry blond hair.
He wore sunglasses, a T-shirt and olive colored shorts.
Anybody who may have witnessed the event is asked to contact Detective Mosqueira at (530) 542-6100. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800. Secret Witness offers cash awards for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
In other news:
— A man who climbed up a tree to rescue a cat on the corner of Manzanita and Friday avenues became stuck and had to be helped down by a Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District fire ladder.
The man climbed high enough on Thursday to be above the power lines.
— A pit bull bit a man riding his bicycle along Rose Avenue on Thursday, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department stated. The man was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment to his right lower leg while El Dorado County Animal Control responded to the scene. It is not known what happened to the dog.
— Traffic enforcement will begin along Lake Tahoe Boulevard after construction is finished along the stretch between the “Y’ and D Street.
The construction is expected to be completed in the upcoming weeks. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department believes the smooth, black surface of the repaved road will entice drivers to put a little more weight on the gas pedal. The stretch is where teenagers walk and drive to school.
“We’re not out there to make enemies,” Cmdr. Les Scott said. “We want to encourage people to slow down.”
— An apartment at 1180 Ski Run Blvd. nearly caught fire when baby bottle parts disinfecting in a pan began burning after the water evaporated, a South Lake Tahoe fire captain said.
Light smoke began pouring out of the apartment at 2:18 p.m. Thursday. It created about $300 in damage.
“It had huge potential (for a blaze),” Capt. John Hartzell said.
— A resident of a house on the 2800 block of St. Nick Way discovered $4,600 missing from three hiding places when he returned to his house Sunday night, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.
The refrigerator door was also found open with food on the ground.
— More than $800 in stereo equipment was reported stolen by a 34-year-old Mill Valley man when he visited a cabin along Sierra Pines Road, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.
A rock thrown through a window likely gave the burglars entry sometime between Sept. 1 and Sept. 18, the deputy said. The cabin was ransacked and the front door was left open.