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Don’t let a robber spoil your vacation

Stash your snowboard and skis and park correctly to save your green.

Each winter, when the white stuff beckons snow warriors to the slopes, petty thieves and determined crooks take the opportunity to benefit on others’ fortunes.

Likewise, it doesn’t take a crook to turn a promising weekend upside down.

Terry Fleck, a deputy with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, advised snow sliders to utilize ski check-ins that are available at most resorts.

“It’s like leaving 10 $100 bills in the snow and expecting it to be there when you get back,” he said.

Dozens of snowboards and skis are taken each winter, even while locked on a car roof rack inside a casino parking garage, authorities said.

“Usually we get a lot of thefts every year from ski racks,” Sgt. Alex Schumacher from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said. “It doesn’t take much to break those.”

Even South Lake residents aren’t immune from the terror.

An $800 pair of Rossignol skis were taken from an unlocked and open garage on the 1400 block of Ski Run Boulevard sometime between 3 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, a police officer said.

People should mark down the serial number of their snow equipment. If the equipment is found, officers can identify the owners of stolen goods by using the serial number, Schumacher said.

Another common mistake is people parking their cars on the side of the street that is in the way of snow plows. Cars should be parked behind telephone poles or metal snow markers to avoid being ticketed or towed.

While powder can be tempting outside ski resort boundaries, the untouched white can lure boarders and skiers like a siren.

Under California law, if search and rescue efforts are used to find lost skiers and boarders who intentionally ducked underneath ski boundaries, the powder hounds will be arrested and sent a bill for the expenses.

“We’ll rescue you, then arrest you,” Fleck said.

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