House burglaries solved with arrest of teens
Three teens, police believe are responsible for a string of residential burglaries in South Lake Tahoe during the last two weeks, were arrested Tuesday.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators said evidence gathered at the homes, combined with information provided by witnesses, allowed them to develop a suspect vehicle description. California Highway Patrol Officer Kahl Eidam spotted a car matching the description near Barton Memorial Hospital Tuesday.
When Eidam and Sheriff’s deputies contacted the three 17-year-old boys they discovered a loaded handgun and numerous items of stolen property in the car, police said. The handgun allegedly matched one taken during the break ins.
“The burglars specifically picked vacation homes in remote locations, where there was not a lot of foot or vehicle traffic,” said Detective Don Atkinson. “They entered by either smashing a window or prying open a door. The homes were ransacked, and there was some evidence that they stayed in some of the homes for several days, possibly having parties.”
Atkinson said the burglars targeted electronic equipment like VCRs, televisions, and stereo equipment. At least eight of the burglaries were in the county, in the Tahoe Paradise, Tahoe Mountain, and Grass Lake Road neighborhoods. There was an additional burglary in Rubicon Bay on the west shore.
“The trunk of the car was loaded with stolen property, but there is still a vast amount of property outstanding,” Atkinson said. “We believe many items were pawned or fenced.”
The boys, who were living in the Minden/Gardnerville area, were charged with multiple counts of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of a loaded firearm, Atkinson said.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators are working with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department to identify any additional cases that might be related. Anyone with information regarding property taken from the South Shore burglaries is urged to contact Detective Atkinson at (530) 573-3000.
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