Man arrested after beach burglaries |

Man arrested after beach burglaries

Elaine Goodman

As the result of an investigation into several vehicle burglaries in August at the Kiva and Valhalla beach parking areas, an 18-year-old man was arrested, according to a report by an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy.

Christopher Alfano of Coleville was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and obstructing an officer.

The investigation moved forward when a credit card taken in one of the burglaries was used at a South Lake Tahoe business, according to the report. A store employee provided a description of the vehicle used by the suspects.

On Thursday at about 1:15 p.m., a deputy spotted a vehicle matching that description in the 2400 block of Lake Tahoe Boulevard, and stopped the driver, who allegedly was playing music audible at a distance of more than 100 feet and whose rear license plate was partially obscured. When asked to step out of the vehicle, the man ran, according to the report. He was apprehended near Tahoe Fly Fishing and taken into custody.

In other news:

— El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded Friday to a report of a burglarized vacation cabin in the Echo Summit Tract. An “all-in-one” stereo that cost about $300 was taken and the cabin was ransacked, according to a deputy’s report. A window pane was reportedly broken out of the rear door of the cabin, which had also been broken into last year.

Fingerprints taken from the scene were sent for analysis.

— A fire at a home on Kokanee Trail has been deemed suspicious and is under investigation, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to the report of the fire at about noon Saturday to find smoke coming from the home’s basement. The source of the fire appeared to be the furnace. A search warrant was obtained and items of evidence taken. Battalion Chief Gareth Harris of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District said Wednesday that the fire was suspicious and the evidence was being evaluated at a crime lab.

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