Crime log: Fix-it ticket leads to harder stuff
A nonexistent front license plate and a broken taillight was enough for an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy to pull over a 1990 Ford Escort.
The deputy smelled marijuana smoke and asked the 25-year-old female driver to step out of the vehicle during the Sept. 8 traffic stop, authorities said.
The female was reportedly fidgety and had dilated pupils, so the deputy asked to search the car and found a burnt marijuana cigarette on the dashboard, a glass smoking pipe in a compact disc case and 6.5 grams of methamphetamine in a cigarette pack, a deputy said.
The female and her 29-year-old male passenger were taken into custody on a charge of transportation of a controlled substance.
In other news:
— A 29-year-old Mammoth Lakes man was taken into custody for drunk driving after hitting a car on the corner of Lake Tahoe and Sierra boulevards, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.
Witnesses saw the man attempting to stash open alcohol bottles in bags and underneath the seat of his Ford Windstar after the Wednesday night accident, police said.
No injuries were reported.
— An unknown suspect took a welding helmet, tools and a one-gallon gas can from a residence on the 2000 block of Highway 50, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.
The suspect also broke a window on a 1990 GMC pickup and took a toolbox with a 114-piece tool set and $30 hydraulic lift arms from the campershell, the deputy said.
A hose was found inside the truck and was used when the suspect siphoned gasoline.
n A $159 Boss Chromatic tuner and $300 Digitech multi-effect guitar processor was reported stolen from the Cabaret bar at Horizon Casino Resort, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.
— A 37-year-old female from Graham, Wash., was placed into custody Sept. 9 for disturbing the peace after she repeatedly yelled and cried for her “stuff” on the sixth floor of Harveys Resort and Casino, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.
The female, who reportedly had her patron privileges revoked on Sept. 7, refused to move after deputies told her that her “stuff” was at the front desk, authorities said.
— A 29-year-old Manteca man allegedly grabbed a 78-year-old’s purse and wrestled it away from her at a casino parking garage, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.
The purse was dumped at a trash can at Lakeside Inn and Casino, but the man had a 26-year-old Manteca woman attempt to take cash advances from two credit cards at Caesars Tahoe on Sept. 4, the deputy said.
The attempts failed after the woman couldn’t show the proper identification and the Manteca couple was eventually taken into custody, the deputy said.
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