Housekeeper won’t be charged for trophy theft
The trophy was recovered, but the housekeeper’s problems aren’t completely gone.
Latoya Sheree Lewis, 23, accused of removing Alex Wilson’s first-place World Cup trophy from his hotel room, pleaded guilty last week in Tahoe Township Justice Court to resisting an officer.
Deputy District Attorney Alan Buttell said if Lewis breaks no laws for 90 days she will be allowed to withdraw her guilty plea and the case will be dismissed. The charges of grand larceny and battery on an officer were dismissed.
An arrest warrant and theft charges are pending for a South Lake Tahoe man identified as the person who took the trophy from Lewis’ cart, Buttell said. The man was also an employee at Horizon.
Lewis was implicated in the trophy’s disappearance by a Horizon Casino Resort inspector, who claimed she saw the crystal-lead vase in a laundry bag on Lewis’ cleaning cart. Lewis admitted taking the trophy from the 1998 Olympic mogul skier’s room, claiming she thought it was a vase because it contained “dead” flowers. She told investigators that she often removes wilted flowers during her rounds. Lewis said she left the trophy on her cart at the end of her shift.
The trophy’s journey was far from over. Wilson reported the vase missing on Jan. 25, and its whereabouts were unknown for 10 days. An informant led Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators to a home in South Lake Tahoe, where its recovery was as simple as knocking on the door.
“When one of the residents opened the door the trophy was in plain view inside the house,” Detective Dave Brown said.
Meanwhile, Wilson, who probably won’t get his trophy back until the case is settled, was back in the news a week later. He was disqualified Jan. 30 for completing a somersault at a World Cup event in Blackcomb, B.C. If Wilson had simply completed the run without an illegal move, he would have placed second.
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