Placerville teens reach plea deals for car thefts |

Placerville teens reach plea deals for car thefts

Tom Lotshaw

Two of three Placerville teens arrested and charged in connection with a two-day rash of vehicle thefts in South Lake Tahoe in early April have struck plea agreements with authorities.

Elijah Cory Kidwell, 18, pleaded no contest to receiving stolen property, a felony, Tuesday in El Dorado County Superior Court. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

Brian Christopher Barnes, 18, also pleaded to receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to four years probation last Friday.

Barnes and Kidwell both were charged with unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and receiving stolen property. Barnes also faced a felony for possession of the drug PCP, according to court documents.

A third suspect in the spree of vehicle thefts, Sean Patrick Murphy, posted bail and was released after his arrest. Murphy is scheduled to be arraigned June 5 and faces felony charges for the unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and attempted second-degree burglary of a vehicle.

According to South Lake Tahoe Police, at least three vehicles were stolen over 16 hours March 31 and April 1. Each vehicle had been left unlocked with keys inside. Property was also stolen from several unlocked cars.

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