Four arrested for Stateline vehicle burglaries
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe police arrested four men late last month in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in Stateline.
Two of the men are 19, one is 18 and the age of the fourth was not listed in an Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy’s report detailing the arrest. All of the men are South Lake Tahoe residents.
Around 11:30 p.m. on July 30, two Harveys Resort and Casino employees contacted deputies after seeing the men behaving suspiciously in the casino’s parking garage, looking into car windows and entering a stairwell with their faces covered by scarves, according to the deputy’s report.
The deputy – who was part of an extra patrol in the casino core due to an increase in vehicle burglaries – located four men matching the description of the suspicious subjects driving a green Jeep Cherokee in the alley next to Horizon Casino Resort, according to the report.
The driver of the Jeep stopped the vehicle on the California side of the stateline, prompting deputies to contact South Lake Tahoe police.
Inside of the Jeep, police found three sets of vehicle keys, a silver baseball bat, red and blue bandanas, gloves, a kitchen knife and a folding knife that appeared to have a glass break device, according the report.
Police also located items similar to those reportedly stolen from previous vehicle burglaries at Stateline – a wallet, a personally-engraved iPod, an XM Satellite Receiver and a GPS Unit – in the Jeep, according to the report.
Police arrested the men on suspicion of possessing stolen property, conspiring to commit a crime and possessing burglary tools.
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